Pics: Heavy rains, hailstorm lash Bengaluru, traffic snarls due to waterlogging

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Bengaluru, Apr 23: A hour-long downpour followed by a burst of hailstorm in many areas on Thursday, April 23 evening after a hot and humid day wreaked havoc across the city, leading to blackouts and traffic gridlocks.

Though the city meteorological office said the downpour was part of summer showers that occur this month almost every year, a weather official admitted the hailstorm in large quantity was unusual and unexpected.

Pics: Heavy rains lash Bengaluru

Water gushed into many under-bridges and lot of damaged roads and tree falling was reported from the city, causing inconvenience to people.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Massive traffic jams were reported across the city due to water logging at many places.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Several vehicles were stranded for hours, as the city got drenched in heavy rains.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

People struggled to reach their destinations as there were no auto rickshaws or cabs on the road after 7:30 pm. Buses were also not available.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Three to five feet water was clogged up at Jayanagar, Koramangala, Bellandur , Double Road, Majestic and at many other places.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Rainwater mixed with sewage gushed into houses at Anepalya, Ejipura, Neelasandra, Austin Town and Frazer Town.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

A torrent of rain engulfed the city by 6 pm, forcing pedestrians as well as motorists to run for shelter.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Rain battered the city for over two hours leaving the city to face the severe aftereffects of waterlogging, flooding while trees fell onto the streets and transformers burst.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

Several areas were hit by power cuts, and colonies in low lying areas were inundated.

Pics: Heavy Rains lash Bengaluru

The downpour caught thousands of people returning home from work or shopping unawares in the city, as rain gods have been playing truant during the last couple of days.

"The city weather has been changing for good over the last two weeks due to various factors, including depression in the Bay of Bengal, formation of thick clouds and surface winds after temperatures rose up to 36 degrees Celsius in the first 10 days," a Met Office official said.

Though the forecast for the day was cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm, the sudden downpour followed by hailstones caught the denizens of the city unawares.

After rain subsided, water-logging in several localities affected vehicular movement and power failure snapped traffic signals, leading to snarls on many thoroughfares at peak hour.

"Power supply was affected for two-three hours across the city due to outages and tripping in many sub-stations, as demand has been exceeding and supply lagging behind in peak summer," a Bescom official admitted.

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