Bengaluru rains: Hell on the streets as heavens open up
Bengaluru was a picture of destruction as residents woke up to the aftermath of heavy rains. The heavy rains that lashed the city on Friday also claimed three lives.
While the rainfall was nowhere close to the 129 mm recorded on August 15, the city wore a destructive look. Fallen trees, puddles and flooding is what one got to witness in the aftermath of the rains.
Much of the damage was caused due to winds with the maximum wind speed being at 50 kmph. The winds brought down 70 trees across the city, most of them in the southern zone. Three persons lost their lives on J C Road when a tree fell on their car.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has already admitted that works to get the city monsoon-ready will not be completed before December. BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad termed Friday's destruction as the ‘cumulative effect of continuous rains'. But the way forward, he said, would be to take up repair work on a ‘war-footing' once the city gets respite from the rain.
On August 15 Bengaluru recorded its highest rainfall since 1890. The highest-ever rainfall recorded in the city in a day was on August 27, 1890, when Bengaluru received 162.1mm of rain. According to the Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSDMC), that record was broken on Tuesday. It said the city received 184cm of rain since Monday night, the highest being recorded in Bilekahalli