Thursday, October 20: As Bengaluru residents began commuting to their workplaces, schools and gyms this morning, they were greeted by a sad, all-too-familiar sight. Potholes galore fed by a frenzy of torrential rains and overflowing maintenance holes have made the city’s arteries their temporary residencies yet again.
For about the past week, periodic rains have been startling residents who might’ve had plans to head out to drown themselves in Silicon City’s nightlife or shop and prepare for the upcoming Diwali celebrations. However, this was kicked up another rainy notch on Wednesday night, disrupting life in many parts of the city.
Heavy rains since Wednesday have inundated many vital roads and residential parts of the city and led to some infrastructure damage. A wall near the Majestic bus station collapsed, injuring some motorists in its aftermath. IANS reports seven cars and two bikes were damaged in the incident.
Bengaluru boasts a large number of vehicles, and these always incur extensive damages whenever it pours. Even after these recent intense rains, many bikes were found washed away and stranded on the roads due to severe waterlogging, especially in areas such as the Shivajinagar Old market region.
Some regions heavily affected by the rainfall include Shantinagar, Jayanagar, Vijayanagar, Mysuru Road, Majestic, City Market, Rajajinagar, Kengeri, Uttarahalli, Yelahanka and Hebbal. In addition, Mahadevapura and Bengaluru East recorded 60 to 80 mm of overnight rainfall.
In its aftermath, police urged commuters to avoid the route between Sakra Hospital and Bellandur Kodi after the area witnessed several tree uprootings due to heavy rains. Many residential parts of Indiranagar and HSR layout also faced some inundation.
However, it looks as though people might not have to deal with these intense conditions for much longer. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts thundershowers with heavy showers to continue till Friday (October 21), after which the skies should open up with only light amounts of rain till Monday (October 24).
However, thundershowers may again be on the cards next week, so make sure you pack a water-tight bag if you really need to pick up those eco-friendly Diwali crackers on Tuesday or Wednesday (October 25, 26). Furthermore, IMD had placed the city on a yellow watch for Thursday, advising residents to remain updated on the weather situation until the alert subsides by the end of the day.
Over the past week, both urban and rural parts of Bengaluru accumulated large excesses in rainfall. Between October 13 and 19, Bengaluru city amassed 157 mm of rain against its normal of 67 mm, leading to a 497% excess. Meanwhile, Bengaluru rural gathered 112 mm against 27 mm, leading to a 304% excess.
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