Flood-hit Bengaluru limps back to normalcy, but more rain misery in store | Top points

Flood-hit Bengaluru: A brief respite from the torrential downpour allowed the waters to recede and life to limp back to normalcy in Bengaluru. But the worst is not yet over for the city, as the IMD has forecast more rain.

India’s Silicon Valley, Bengaluru, sank under floodwaters this week after record-breaking rains. The visuals of people being evacuated from submerged homes and ferried through waterlogged streets on tractors became the defining image of the calamity.

A brief respite from the torrential downpour allowed the waters to recede and life to limp back to normalcy. But the worst is not yet over for the city, with the weather bureau predicting heavy rainfall over south interior Karnataka, including Bengaluru, for Thursday and Friday (September 8-9).

Here are the top developments:

  • In worrying news for Bengaluru residents, heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted over a few places in coastal and south interior Karnataka on September 8-9 and interior Karnataka on September 9-10, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

  • According to IMD data, the Bengaluru City observatory recorded 251.4 mm of rainfall in the last four days, including 131.6 mm on Sunday, the highest 24-hour precipitation in September in 34 years. Bengaluru Rural gauged 752.3mm of rainfall against a normal of 303.5mm between September 1 and September 7 — an excess of 148 per cent. Bengaluru Urban received 168 per cent surplus rainfall — 840.2mm of precipitation against a normal of 313.2mm — during the period.
  • The deluge caused storm water drains and lakes to overflow, which in turn, inundated low-lying areas and turned major roads into rivulets. Mahadevapura, Yelahanka and Bommanahalli zones were the worst affected.
  • Localities like Rainbow Drive layout, Sunny Brooks Layout, and some areas on Sarjapur Road were badly hit by water logging. Most parts of the Outer Ring Road, including the tony IT hub, were flooded, leading to massive traffic snarls.
  • Two of Bengaluru’s most coveted gated communities Epsilon and Divyasree 77 degree East have been the worst hit by the flooding in the city. High-end cars were submerged, household belongings were washed away, and top business and tech executives were ferried to safety on tractors and boats.
  • According to officials, water-logging has been cleared in most roads, while work is on for draining water in other affected areas. Traffic is almost returning to near-usual levels. The city’s Cauvery water supply is said to have resumed to a large extent, after the supply was hit in some areas because of flooding at a pumping station.
  • Angry citizens vented their travails and frustration on social media, with the ruling BJP facing tough questions over tackling the situation. Experts have attributed the flooding in IT capital to encroachments on the storm-water drain and water bodies which impede the flow of rainwater.
  • As rain continued to batter the city, a heated political slug-fest erupted. While the opposition Congress castigated the “corrupt” BJP’s failure, the government blamed erstwhile Congress regime’s “maladministration” for Bengaluru’s rain woes.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said his government will seek special grants from the Union government as compensation for the damages caused in rain-battered Bengaluru. He had earlier released Rs 600 crore for tackling the flood situation in the state. Of this, Rs 300 crore has been earmarked for Bengaluru alone.
  • The Karnataka High Court has directed the city civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to immediately set up cells to address the grievances of citizens affected by the heavy rains and flood situation in several areas.

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