Karnataka heavy rainfall alert: Several roads in Bengaluru were inundated due to heavy rainfall, bringing normal life to almost a standstill situation. Heavy rains lashed Bengaluru throughout Sunday night, causing massive traffic snarls in the city on Monday morning. Traffic jams were seen on major roads as scores of vehicle riders and drivers had a harrowing time reaching offices due to inundated roads at many localities across Bengaluru.
Many vehicles were submerged while many residential layouts resembled a lake or river. Areas like Marathahalli – Silk Board junction road were seen waterlogged in the morning following rainfall. The Richmond Road constructed under the Smart City Project is facing the problem of water-logging and people are left fuming against authorities.
The Ecospace, hub of IT companies in Marathahalli in Bengaluru, is also inundated with water causing inconvenience for the movement of software professionals. HAL Airport Traffic police have given a traffic advisory of heavy water-logging near the Eco World and Outer Ring Road traffic movement is very slow. “Travellers be aware of this. Our staff is clearing the traffic, if it is possible please avoid this route,” the advisory released on Monday said.
Heavy rainfall in the last few days across Karnataka, including the capital Bengaluru, has badly affected normal life. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a yellow alert till September 7 for Bengaluru. Meanwhile, a number of companies have asked their employees to work from home in view of the bad weather.
Karnataka | Several parts of Bengaluru remain inundated due to severe waterlogging after heavy rainfall. Visuals from Eco space area on Marathahalli – Silk Board junction road pic.twitter.com/kfcsAVn7U7
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Bengaluru Traffic Alert
The city traffic police has issued an advisory urging Bengaluru residents to avoid going out of their homes except for emergency and not to send children to school.
Since June 1, Karnataka has received 820 mm of rainfall, affecting 27 districts and 187 villages, impacting a population of 29,967; while nine mm rainfall has been recorded in the last 24 hours affecting 20 villages in Ramanagara, Chamarajanagara and Mandya districts, impacting lives of 3,000 people
Earlier, days after several residential areas in the city saw inundation and waterlogging due to torrential rains, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had accused the previous governments in the state of having ‘neglected’ Bengaluru.
Bommai said roads and bridges damaged due to rains must be repaired immediately and officials concerned must work in coordination, power supply must be restored whenever there has been disruption of power, quality food must be served to people taking shelter at the care centres.
The Karnataka government has estimated rain-related losses since June to the tune of Rs 7,647.13 crore, and will be sending a proposal to the Centre seeking a relief of Rs 1,012.5 crore as per National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) norms.