Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Heavy rain throws life out of gear

Heavy rain throws life out of gear

Staff Reporter

Several roads flooded; trees uprooted in southern parts

— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Rain fury: An autorickshaw was damaged after a tree fell on it on the Gavipuram Main Road in Bangalore on Tuesday.

BANGALORE: Heavy rain continued to lash several parts of Bangalore on Tuesday.

The southern parts of the city were badly affected as many roads were flooded and trees were uprooted. Till 11.30 p.m., the city received 51.4 mm of rainfall, while the HAL Airport received 13.2 mm.

Vehicular movement was affected on several roads following flooding. Traffic came to a standstill near Keno Theatre following water-logging at the under-bridge.

A car was stranded in the water. Traffic was also affected on Cubbon Road, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Residency Road, Richmond Road, Bellary Road, HAL Airport Road and Seshadripuram Road. The rain that started around 7 p.m. continued till late in the night.
Largely affected

Reports of flooding and tree-fall came in from Konanakunte, Banashankari, J.P. Nagar, Jayanagar, Hanumantanagar, Padmanabhanagar and Srinagar.

The visibility was poor and many drivers found it tough to negotiate their vehicles through flooded stretches of roads in these areas.

Without power

Power supply was affected since Monday in several areas in the city, including those along Old Madras Road and in R.T. Nagar. One school in R.T. Nagar had to declare a holiday on Tuesday following power failure owing to malfunction of a transformer.

Water entered several houses in low-lying areas following heavy rain on Monday night.

Till 8 a.m. on Tuesday, the city received 26.4 mm of rainfall while the HAL Airport received 10.4 mm.

Eight houses collapsed while water entered 15 houses in Salappa Garden.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the skies are likely to be partly cloudy on Wednesday morning with rain or thundershowers towards the evening or night.


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