Bengaluru sees highest rainfall for February in at least 10 years

A car near Freedom Park was damaged when a tree fell on it during the rain in Bengaluru on Saturday.

A car near Freedom Park was damaged when a tree fell on it during the rain in Bengaluru on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: V Sreenivasa Murthy

Downpour leads to flooding of many roads

The city received 58 mm rainfall (till 8.30 p.m.) on Saturday – the highest in 10 years for February. The highest ever rainfall recorded in the city for a day in February, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), was 67.3 mm in 1901.

However, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) data shows pockets of the city received rainfall over 100 mm. The IMD recorded 58 mm of rainfall in the city and 45.2 mm of rainfall at HAL station.

The sudden rain caught Bengalureans off guard, as they were forced to deal with inundation and water logging were reported from many arterial roads, which also lead to traffic pile ups during evening peak hours.

Knee-deep water on roads, overflowing of drains and flooding of homes were reported from pockets in Uttarahalli, Bommanahalli, Chalavadi Palya, Koramagala and near Lal Bagh. Seven tree falls were reported in the city, one of which fell on a car near Freedom Park damaging it.

KSNDMC has forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in South Interior Karnataka, including Bengaluru city, for the next two days. “There is a trough formation from Maldives to Telangana. This coupled with rise in temperatures over the last week has led to a localised condition leading to rains,” said G.S. Sreenivasa Reddy, director, KSDNMC, who added that the city receives very little rainfall in February, but the local condition seemed to suggest there would be two or three spells of rain this month.

The sudden rains exposed the lack of preparedness in civic infrastructure. Deepthy Shekhar, a resident of Garuthman Park near Lalbagh, said her house was flooded by a backflow of sewage from the bathroom. “The shoulder drain has not been cleaned for three years and there seems to be a sewage block leading to a backflow flooding the house. With rains predicted for the next two days, I shudder to think of the impact,” she said.

Mayor Gangambike Mallikarjun, who visited the spot, ordered the BBMP team to clean up the houses in the layout and directed civic officials to clean up the shoulder drain to prevent further flooding.

Deputy Chief Minister and Bengaluru Development Minister G. Parameshwara told mediapersons that he had instructed civic officials to take necessary measures to prevent any rain damage and flooding in the city due to unseasonal rains.

Power cuts

Citizens also complained of extensive power cuts across the city. A Bangalore Electricity Supply Company official said that over 30 11 kV feeders had developed faults on Saturday evening leading to power cuts.

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