After receiving heavy rains overnight, Bengaluru finally witnesses a flood like situation on 29 July 2016. 15 hours of rain pour has lead to overflowing of drainage, uprooting of tress and wall collapses. Without much delay BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) has undertaken water evacuation activities and is trying to shift people to safer places. Nearly 150 Fire and Emergency Services personnel are working with BBMP in evacuation. The worst effected areas are Bilekalli and Kodichikkanahalli.
Water has entered 5oo houses. But water clogs are commonly found on all main roads. People are experiencing waist deep water levels. Especially Bennerghatta road, Bommanahalli circle and Silk Board Junction which are the most important routes taken for all IT companies. And traffic jam was at its worst stage. One batch of vehicles took 2 hours to cross a signal. As a security measure, electricity board has resorted to load-shedding and people are cautioned to switch off main switches to avoid short circuit. Firemen warn that it could become dangerous as more rains are forecast and urge people to move out. Food, water, milk and biscuits are being distributed to the stranded. All the under passes are completely water logged. Fire department has deployed boats to move people out of flooded areas in Kodichikkanahalli, but most are waiting it out in the that for water will recede.
Uprooting of more than 30 trees were reported from Rajkumar Road, Basavanagudi, Ragigudda, Jayanagar 9th Cross.
Conditions in various areas:
Raja Kaluve (drainage chanel) at Kodichikkanalli started overflowing. Unill this is fixed, it’s very difficult to evacuate water from the area says Bilekalli uncillor Narayana Raju.
The K.R. Puram–Tin Factory junction and the down ramp to Old Madras Road from K.R. Puram flyover has been packed for many hours now.This disrupted traffic towards the IT corridor and Whitefield again.
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