Rain fury: Man killed, 25 trees uprooted, 40 houses flooded in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A 71-year-old hotelier was killed, three cows died, 40 houses were flooded, 25 trees were uprooted and 13 cars were damaged across the city as the trail of destruction left behind by thundershowers late Sunday night spilled over to Monday.
The elderly man, BS Nagaraj Dhanya, was riding a scooter from his Jayanagar home to his hotel, Vadiraja Coffee Bar, near Madhavan Park, when he rammed an uprooted coconut palm tree lying across a street near South End Circle and sustained head injuries around at 4.15am.
The streetlights were not working. “An alert policeman who had stepped out of Jayanagar station saw Nagaraj and dialled the last number, which connected him to his relatives in Hosanagara, Shivamogga district,” said Arun Adiga, director, Hotel Industrialists Cooperative Bank, and his colleague.
“The Hosanagara relatives then called some other family members in Basavanagudi, who reached the spot at 4.30am. One of them was a doctor and realised the man’s pulse was dropping and tried to call an ambulance, but in vain. Nagaraj died in an autorickshaw en route to hospital,” he said.
A senior police officer, however, said Nagaraj was wearing a half-helmet, which could not withstand the impact of the collision.
Several major roads in Koramangala, Hennur Main Road, Annaswamy Mudliar Road, Old Madras Road, Avenue Road and others were waterlogged. Indian Meteorological Department recorded 63.8mm rainfall at its observatory in central Bengaluru, 59.4mm in HAL and 8.7mm at Kempegowda International Airport.
A cowshed was flooded with rainwater near Akkamahadevi Kalyanamantapa, RR Nagar. While three cows died, six cows and six goats were missing. Andani, owner of the cows and goats who stays next to the cowshed, said: “As it started pouring heavily, the cattle and livestock started bleating around 9.30pm. We rushed out and found the cowshed was flooded. We found carcases of three cows there and fear six other cattle heads and six goats may have been washed away.”
BBMP officials rushed to the spot around 10pm. “We discussed the issue and are looking at ways to compensate the family,” said Nagaraju S, joint commissioner, RR Nagar zone.
Elsewhere in Bengaluru, about 39 localities, including MTS Layout in Kengeri, Muddenapalya, Nayandahalli Metro area, Pattegarapalya, Muneshwara Nagar, RR Nagar, HBR Layout, Domlur, Hebbal, Sarakki, Malleswaram, Kamalapura, Kamakshipalya and Nagarbhavi, in south, west and RRNagar zones bore the brunt of the rain. Over 40 houses in low-lying areas were flooded.
The BBMP control room received over 200 distress calls, mostly about uprooted trees, falling branches and waterlogging. “Over 25 trees were uprooted and 40 branches fell,” said a senior official from the control room.
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