BANGALORE: The depression over Western and adjoining South-western area of the Arabian Sea will bring more rain over the next two days, according to the Meteorological Department.
Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) Director B Puttanna told Express, “West-central and adjoining South and East-central Arabian Sea has witnessed depression and due to this, there will be good rain for next two days.”
The city has so far received 287.7 mm rainfall in October. On Saturday evening, the city recorded 41.6 mm of rainfall and with rains expected in the next two days, officials said rainfall for the month may cross 300 mm, the highest in October in nine years. In the same month in 2006, the city recorded the highest of 605.6 mm of rain as against the average of 170.6 mm for the month.
Calls Flood BBMP
As many as six trees uprooted and water logging was reported in many low-lying areas. A KSRTC bus got stuck at Nayandahalli junction due to water-logging, causing a huge traffic jam.
The fire and emergency services personnel rescued 18 passengers and moved the bus to safety.With traffic signals going haywire and power supply disrupted, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at junctions, cross roads and ring roads as rain water gushed out of open drains.
In separate incidents, two cars parked on the roadside in Vijayanagar and Govindarajnagar were damaged when two trees fell on them. However no one injured. Tree falls were also reported at ISRO Layout in K S Layout, Malleswaram 13th Cross, Rajajinagar, Jayanagar 4th and 5th Blocks, BTM Layout and Chamarajpet.
The BBMP control room received hundreds of distress calls from people complaining about water-logging. Flooding was witnessed in Channammanakere Acchukattu, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Kamakshipalya, in and around Nayandahalli, under K R Market flyover, BVK Iyengar Road, Chickpet and Journalists Colony on J C Road, near Le Meridian hotel, Hebbal and Yelahanka.
Roads in and around Ulsoor, Indiranagar, M G Road, Anil Kumble junction, Mayo Hall, C M H Road and Old Madras Road were flooded resluting in slow-moving traffic.
Commercial hubs like Sultanpet and Old Taragupet and bylanes of BVK Iyengar Road were the worst affeted water entered shops. “Knee-deep water due to choked drains and non-clearance of garbage aggravated the problem. Many footpaths have not even been covered with slabs, posing a danger to pedestrians,” said trader Sajjan Raj Mehta.
Deputy Mayor Ranganna said, “We are ready with Prahari vehicles and officials are coordinating with BESCOM and traffic police in clearing uprooted trees and removing water from flooded houses.”