Bengaluru receives a month's rain in 5 hrs

Bengaluru received 184 cm rainfall on the intervening night of Monday and Tuesday, the highest recorded in a 24-hour period in the last two decades. It began pouring around 11 pm on Monday and continued till about 4 am on Tuesday, which is nearly 88% of the total rain expected over the entire month, said the state disaster monitoring centre. While Tuesday was largely cloudy, there was heavy rain in the evening.

The overnight rain flooded several parts of the city, submerging parking lots and entire road stretches, and snapped power in vast swathes since the early hours of Tuesday. The swollen Yediyur lake breached a retaining wall while foam from the Bellandur lake flowed to neighbouring localities. At least 26 trees were uprooted. South Bengaluru, home to IT majors and startups, was the worst affected. The closure of schools and offices due to I-Day provided some respite to citizens from the traffic menace on flooded roads. Traffic movement was sluggish till noon at many places, but normalised towards evening, traffic police said.

While waterlogging complaints were being attended to till late at night, power situation was back to normal in most parts. Wednesday, a working day, may prove to be troublesome with thousands of commuters hitting the roads. The Met department has predicted heavy rainfall for at least another day, due to cyclonic conditions over south coastal Tamil Nadu.

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