Heavy Rain Batters Bengaluru, Many Roads Flooded, Cars Damaged

Office commuters on their way home had to take shelter at subway stations, as the rain started around 7:30 p.m.


Heavy rains hit Bengaluru on Wednesday evening, flooding several arterial roads in the east, south and center of the city, including Bellandur’s IT district. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, 59 mm of rain was recorded in Rajamahal Guttahalli north of the city. The weather office issued a yellow warning, indicating heavy rain, which the agency said would continue for the next three days.

Images from low-lying areas show heavily flooded roads, water seeping into exposed manholes, flooded basements and damaged vehicles. Office commuters on their way home had to take shelter at metro stations, as the rain started around 7:30 a.m., the evening rush hour.

Last month, the city struggled with unprecedented flooding after rain for three days in a row, sparking a political spat between the ruling BJP and Congress.

Parts of the city, home to global IT companies and self-developed startups, lie underwater, taking days to retreat. In nearby residential areas, roads were eroded and water and electricity lines were broken. Tractors have been put into service to rescue residents in several luxury housing colonies.

Schools are closed and commuters are asked to work from home.

Flight operations were affected and dramatic videos of the rescue, flooded roads, and submerged homes and expensive cars caused a stir on social media.

The IT capital broke all records for heavy rain this year, mining 1706 mm since the monsoon began. In 2017, the city received 1,696 mm of rainfall.


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