Yellow alert sounded after incessant rain batters Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Though the damage was little till late evening, rain made matters worse for many Bengalureans, given the poor state of roads in most localities.

BENGALURU: Incessant rain through Thursday left Bengalureans longing for some sun and warm weather. The drizzle that often turned into downpour slowed traffic movement before intensifying into heavy showers as dusk set in.
A tree each was uprooted in Vasanthnagar, KR Puram and Krishnayyanapalya and a branch fell near Thanisandra. Water-logging was reported from CMR College, Banaswadi; Brigade Road; Basappa Circle in Kalasipalya; KEB Junction in Nagawara; 12th Cross in HBR Layout and New Byappanahalli. Water entered a house in Canara Bank Colony of Vidyaranyapura.
Though the damage was little till late evening, rain made matters worse for many Bengalureans, given the poor state of roads in most localities. The forecast of at least two more wet days added to the gloom. The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert in the city and neighbouring districts for Friday. A yellow alert means people are required to be on watch and look out for updates. Civic works under way in Malleswaram, Banaswadi, Ramamurthynagar, Old Madras Road, Banashankari and Indiranagar only added to Bengalureans’ woes.
“It’s been raining for the past two weeks. I have been using my car to reach office, but today (Thursday) morning the traffic was down to a crawl. It is quite difficult to drive at such times given the bad infrastructure,” said motorist Janardhana H, who was driving from his Banaswadi home to his workplace in Richmond Town.
“It is difficult to even move around in our locality. Recently, Bescom dug up the road to lay cables. BWSSB dug up roads for installing new water and sewage lines. Neither has fixed the roads properly. When can we lead a normal life,” asked Sandesh Shetty, a resident of Banashankari 2nd Stage.
As of 8.30pm, the city received 37mm of rain, whereas Kempegowda International Airport and HAL recorded 20mm and 39.2mm, respectively.
With a depression forming over southwest Bay of Bengal, more rain and thunderstorms are expected in Bengaluru, neighbouring districts and coastal Karnataka in the next few days.
According to the Met department, a depression over southwest Bay of Bengal, off North Tamil Nadu coast, is very likely to cross North Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh coasts early Friday morning. Under the influence of these systems, Karnataka is likely to receive widespread rain for the next four days, with heavy showers at isolated places.

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