Rain-battered Bengaluru still in a mess; to receive more rain

Rain-battered Bengaluru still in a mess; to receive more rain

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-07-29 19:17 Bengaluru: More rain is heading for the city, warned the IMD on Friday, hardly the news residents and the BBMP would like to hear considering the havoc that has been caused by incessant rain since Thursday night in the city.According to the IMD, Bengaluru received 4cm rainfall since Thursday night, and same weather conditions are likely to persist for two more days.“There was a trough of low pressure spreading over Marathwada region to Tamil Nadu coast , hence the Karnataka also witnessed good amount of rainfall. Now there is another weather system extending from Rayalseema region to Tamil Nadu coast and this may again result in rains South Interior Karnataka,” said Sundar Metri, Director, IMD. Following the forecast, Mayor Manjunath Reddy said BBMP workers along with NDRF and Fire and Emergency Department will clear water-logged roads and drains."In places like Kodichikkanahalli over 200 homes were flooded as the Madiwala tank bund was breached. The BBMP is working on clearing silt from its major culverts and storm-water drains by clearing encroachments," said the mayor.There have also been reports of a snake entering homes Anugraha Layout near Bilekahalli following heavy rains. BBMP officials reportedly rescued the snake and released it in a safe place.Traffic snarls continued at Bannerghatta Road as the road connecting to Belakalli was blocked due to water-logging. Close to 1000 families were affected. The situation at Hulimavu was no different as Doctors Colony was flooded.Varada Raju, Deputed Director, Fire Department said, "Six teams were formed and people were rescued from Kodichikkanahalli as the water level was over 5 feet. We rescued all people struck in apartment and homes. The clogged water was diverted through drains and the water level has been receding now.”The fire and emergency department has pressed 8 fire tenders, 4 boats and 6 pressure pumps for rescue operations.