Heavy rains cripple India’s ‘Silicon Valley’ Bengaluru, red alert in parts of Kerala

India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, Bengaluru, was submerged after torrential rains on Monday, bringing life to a standstill. Meanwhile, a heavy rain alert has been sounded in four Kerala districts for today.

  • Heavy rains flooded large parts of Bengaluru and threw normal life out of gear
  • Drinking water supply will be shut in several parts Bengaluru for next two days
  • A red alert warning of heavy rainfall has been issued in four Kerala districts

NEW DELHI

India’s ‘Silicon Valley’, Bengaluru, came to a standstill on Monday after torrential rains submerged arterial roads, inundated apartment complexes and homes, snapped power lines and jammed traffic.

As overflowing lakes and stormwater drains inundated low-lying areas, boats and tractors were pressed into service to ferry techies and students to their workplaces and schools, respectively. Localities like Rainbow Drive layout, Sunny Brooks Layout, and some areas on Sarjapur Road were badly hit by water-logging.

Boats deployed in Bengaluru’s Varthur suburb after rain flooding. Major waterlogging across the IT hub area too.

Most parts of the Outer Ring Road, including the tony IT hub, were flooded, leading to massive traffic snarls. Office goers and the general public pushing their two wheelers in knee-deep water was a common sight.

With normal life thrown out of gear, there was an outpouring of anger against the civic authorities and the BJP-led government. Many took to social media platforms to share videos of submerged homes, crawling traffic on waterlogged roads, and vent their spleen.

For instance, one Twitter user, ‘thanked’ Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai for turning the city to “European standards”. “Indiranagar has started to look like Venice,” they said.

In more trouble for Bengaluru residents, drinking water supply will remain shut for two days in parts of the city as the pumping station which lifts water from the Cauvery river upwards to the city was submerged in the downpour.

Around 50 areas of rain-hit Bengaluru will not receive drinking water for the next two days. Officials are currently draining the water from the pumping station.

FUNDS RELEASED TO MANAGE KARNATAKA FLOODS

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has signed off on releasing Rs 600 crore to manage the flood situation in the state. Of this, Rs 300 crore has been kept for Bengaluru alone, Bommai said on Monday night.

The chief minister made the announcement following a high-level meeting with senior ministers and officials to take stock of the rain and flood situation in the state, especially the capital city, and the damages caused.

The funds will be channelled into restoring damaged infrastructure like roads, electric poles, transformers, schools etc.

Moreover, Rs 1,500 crore has been allocated for construction of storm water drains in Bengaluru, Bommai said, adding the work will begin once the water recedes.

Meanwhile, two State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been deployed in Mahdevapura and Bommanahalli zones in the city that have been worst affected by the calamity.

RED ALERT IN KERALA

The IMD has issued red alert, warning of heavy to extremely heavy rains of over 20 cm in 24 hours, in four southern districts of Kerala — Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts — for Tuesday.

All educational institutions in capital Thiruvananthapuram will remain shut today.

The weatherman has also issued an orange alert for Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur indicating heavy rains on Wednesday, September 7, a day before Onam festival in the state.

In a tragic incident, two persons, including an eight-year-old child, died after being swept away in a flash flood at Mankayam waterfalls in Palode near Thiruvananthapuram, police told PTI on Monday.

LANDSLIDES IN TAMIL NADU

Sporadic downpours in isolated parts of Tamil Nadu were recorded throughout the night of Sunday. The state’s high-range Nilgiri district triggered landslides in the Mettupalayam-Udhagamandalam area. Subsequently, transport and other services were cancelled on Monday.

“Heavy rains in the Nilgiris district overnight caused landslides in many places,” PTI quoted officials as saying.

The aftermath of the rains was such that a portion of the railway tracks between Kallar and Hillgrove was disrupted and covered by mud. In fact, reports suggest that boulders rolled down and fell on the tracks. Therefore, train operations between Mettupalayam and Coonoor were halted, as per officials.

MORE RAINS IN STORE

The IMD has forecast heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and lightning in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh on September 8 and 9. Meanwhile, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh will witness ‘very heavy rainfall’ on September 6, 7 and 9.

With PTI inputs

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