Heaviest Rainfall In 127 Years In Bengaluru Brings The City To A Standstill
Bengaluru: Heavy rainfall on Monday night inundated homes, roads, and cars in Bengaluru. The rain has been described as the worst in August since 1890. The city witnessed 180mm rainfall in less than three hours on Tuesday.
Normal life came to a standstill and also dampened the 71st Independence Day celebrations in the state capital. According to Meteorological Department, the city has not received such a heavy rainfall since 1890, when 166mm rain was recorded in a single day.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palika (BBMP) Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad, speaking to reporters said that though the rainfall was only for three hours and since it was heavy the drains could not take the load, resulting in water overflowing on to several roads and flooding low-lying areas.
Many trees were uprooted, electric poles were twisted, and cable lines were snapped due to the heavy rain and wind in many areas, disrupting power supply amongst others.
The civic officials who swung into action immediately used makeshift boats to rescue the stranded residents, while power outages in many areas irked people.
Meanwhile, the infamous Bellandur Lake was seen covered in toxic foam after downpour, spraying motorists who passed by that way.
The cleanup of the lake, which was expected to be completed by May, has not yet been finished. The lake has been frothing for years, and caught fire in February that led to massive protests by residents.