Thursday, August 23, 2007

Rain jams roads, clogs drains

Rain jams roads, clogs drains
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Many houses in Magadi road, Ulsoor, Pattegarapalya, Nayandahalli and Bapujinagar were inundated with rainwater on Wednesday.Rainwater gushed into 32 shops on Magadi road, damaging goods worth lakhs. A wall of a shop also collapsed. Eight television sets of a shop were also damaged.

Bangalore City received heavy rains on Wednesday. Hundreds of houses and shops in low-lying areas were flooded, many trees fell and water clogged many roads, resulting in traffic jams.
People returning from their offices had a tough task in reaching their homes. Vehicular movement was affected in different parts of the city for more than two hours in the evening. Vehicles were stranded for nearly an hour on Yeshwanthpura circle.
According to the Meteorological Department, the city received 32.4 mm of rain fall till 8.30 pm.
It said that cloudy weather will continue on Thursday and that rain is also expected.
Due to heavy rains, 12 trees fell in different parts of the city, including four in Basaveshwaranagar and two in Hanumanthanagar.
Many houses in Magadi road, Ulsoor, Pattegarapalya, Nayandahalli and Bapujinagar were inundated with rainwater. Rainwater gushed into 32 shops on Magadi road, damaging goods worth lakhs. A wall of a shop also collapsed. Eight television sets of a shop were also damaged.
Shankar H Patil, owner of Vintage International Product, said that there are no sufficient outlets for rainwater in the locality. Despite many complaints BBMP has not taken measures for free flow of rain water to the drain, he alleged.
Drain water gushed into many houses in Pattegarapalya near Mysore Road as a wall of storm water drain under construction, breached letting water enter into residential locality.
Residents had a tough time clearing the water. BBMP officials rushed to the area on learning about the breach and covered it with sand bags.
Meanwhile, the Konanakunte Cross - Sarakki Gate Road, which was recently asphalted, was damaged in the rains. The asphalt was washed away due to the force of the downpour and vehicle riders had to struggle to pass through.

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