Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rain wreaks havoc in city again

Rain wreaks havoc in city again

Bangalore Bureau
Waterlogging in many areas; Met centre forecasts more rain
— Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Damaged: A huge branch of a tree fell on a solar signal on Kanakapura Road after heavy rain lashed Bangalore on Friday.
Bangalore: A few hours of rain once again revealed the yawning gaps in city infrastructure, with two deaths owing to electrocution, tree-fall, damage to property, overflowing drains and disruption in power supply on Friday.

The 30 mm of rain only added to the cumulative impact of six days of downpour — 50 mm on Monday, 20.2 mm on Tuesday, 10 mm Wednesday and 9.7 mm on Thursday.

A. Muthuchami, Director, Meteorological Centre, said a cyclonic circulation in the Bay of Bengal was responsible for the renewed monsoon activity. “The city receives the most rain in September (194.8 mm) followed by October,” he said.

More rain and cloudy skies for another two or three days have been forecast.

Several areas in the city were waterlogged, forcing vehicle drivers and pedestrians to negotiate knee-deep water. Homes were inundated in Ejipura, parts of Gurappanapalya and Lingarajapuram, Lakshman Rau Nagar Slum, Lalita Prasanna Layout of Rajiv Gandhi Nagar at Laggere, BTM Layout, Kurubarahalli and Sudamanagar.

Fire engines were despatched to several areas to pump out water.

Dessamma G., a resident of Housing Board Quarters at Lingarajapuram, said that water from the drains entered the bathroom. “Two snakes were found in our neighbour’s home. There has been no drinking water supply since Monday. The drains in the area are all clogged and overflowing.”

Mani from Gurappanapalya slum said three houses had come crashing down. “This is not new to us. With every rain, our slum gets flooded. We have approached even the Jayanagar MLA, but have received no help.”

Meanwhile, an autorickshaw driver was injured when a tree fell on his vehicle at Tilak Nagar.

A compound wall collapsed on a tempo at Basaveshwaranagar. Electric poles fell in Shankarapuram 4th Cross and Rajagopalnagar.

There were reports of tree-fall near Deepak Nursing in Jayanagar, Deve Gowda petrol station at Padmanabhanagar, Appu Rao Road near Chamarajpet, Uttaradi Math Road, Journalists’ Colony, Avalahalli, RBI Colony, Basavanagudi Telephone Exchange.

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