Monday, March 31, 2008

Heavy rains ruin Sunday evening

Heavy rains ruin Sunday evening
DH News Service,Bangalore:
Heavy rains, accompanied by gusty winds and hailstorm, lashed the City late on Sunday evening, inundating several low-lying areas, uprooting trees, blocking drains, disrupting power supply and adversely affecting traffic movement.

However, no loss of life was reported from any party of the City.

The rains, which began around 4 pm, lasted 45 minutes. The City received 1.3 mm rainfall and the Airport, 6.4 mm.

According to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike sources, nine trees were uprooted in Koramangala, Jayanagar and Sanjaynagar.

A van was damaged after a tree fell on it on 4th cross, Koramangala. Another tree crashed on an electric pole on 4th Main, BDA complex near Ashoknagar police station disrupting power supply.

A car was totally damaged when it came under a tree on 5th Cross, 3rd Block, Koramangala. Car owner Govindaiah said though he alerted the BBMP control room, no official turned up. He managed to pull out the car from under the tree with help from locals, he claimed.

Another tree was uprooted on the road in front of St John’s Hospital.

BBMP officials rushed to Sanjaynagar after a tree was uprooted in the locality and cleared up the road in no time.
Heavy rains blocked drains in Dasarahalli, Friends Colony in Handralli, Rajeshwarinagar, Lagg-ere, Padmanabhangar, Ittamadu, J P Nagar, Marenahalli, K S Layout, Banashankari, BTM Layout, Hosa-kerehalli, Manjunathnagar and Ittamadu resulting in flooding of roads. Rainwater entered several houses in these areas giving the residents a tough time.

A wall of a house at Ambedkar slum in Pantarapalya of Nayandahalli collapsed in heavy rains. There was no one inside the house at the time of the mishap.

Traffic ground to a halt in many areas. Autorickshaws and two-wheelers remained off roads, while BMTC buses, maxicabs and cars were seen plying at a snail’s pace.


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