Rain plays spoilsport on festival day in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Thundershowers that have bothered Bengalureans through this week are likely to continue till Sunday and the minimum temperature will drop to 20 degrees celsius.
The city witnessed a downpour on Friday evening with Jnanabharathi, the Bangalore University campus area, receiving 68.5mm of rainfall. Winds reaching 30-40 kmph slammed Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Ramanagara and Kolar districts.
The rain on Thursday night left several areas like Madiwala, Anekal, parts of Electronic City, HSR Layout and some areas in Bommanahalli, inundated, leaving citizens to cope with the havoc amid Ayudha Puja celebrations. More than 45 homes were flooded and at least 30 cars partially submerged in water.
After recording below average rain in August and September, the city received 57 per cent excess rain in October. In all, 265.8mm rainfall has been recorded so far against an average of 168.3mm.
“This is the first time after nearly 100 years that we recorded such heavy rainfall in October,” said an official of the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre. He added: “We have received complaints of several apartment basements getting filled with water.”
‘We could barely step out’
Prabhavathi Kumar, a resident of HSR Layout whose car was half-filled with water, said she was upset at not being able to celebrate the festival. “With continuous rain, roads across HSR Layout were water-logged and we could barely step out even to move our cars,” she said. On Thursday morning, she went out to do puja for her car and noticed that the engine was damaged.
Ravikanth Suresh C, another resident of Anurgraha Layout, said it’s sad that the civic administration doesn’t clean the drains. “If drains are cleaned, rain water will flow away easily. Due to poor maintenance by BBMP, we end up suffering,” he said.
He added: “Our cars are damaged and the civic body won’t give compensation. Where do we go? Regardless of the taxes we pay, we end up paying a price of the civic body’s negligence.”
Another resident Nakul A, a software employee whose new SUV was submerged, said the civic body should give compensate for the damage. “The car was parked outside my home in Chandapura near Electronic City. Due to heavy rain, water entered the vehicle and damaged it,” Nakul said.
BBMP officials said Madiwala Lake overflowed and that led to water entering the basements of homes and apartments.
Gaurav Gupta, chief commissioner, BBMP, said heavy rain caused flooding across the city, but it has been noticeably less this year. “The Indian Meteorological Department had predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall with a yellow alert. We need to be prepared for it,” Gupta told TOI.

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