Eight hours of incessant rain brought Bengaluru to its knees on Thursday. The city witnessed 65.2mm rain and many localities experienced waterlogging where roads resembled rivers.
Bengaluru mayor Sampath Raj said visited the worst hit areas including Koramangala and HSR Layout and took stock of situation. He said that many areas experienced waterlogging due to unclean drains.
Passengers in BMTC buses and auto rickshaws were ferried away by rescue personnel from the waterlogged Electronic City Road.
Metro commuters at Nayandahalli and Mysuru Road stations, and motorists were stranded as the Virshabhavati river overflowed and flooded Mysuru Road.
Torrential rain, accompanied by strong winds, lashed Mysuru city and surrounding areas on Thursday evening. A few trees were uprooted due to the high-intensity winds.
The rain, which started around 3pm in the city continued for two hours. After a brief respite, it started again.
Hassan district too received heavy downpour from Wednesday night to Thursday evening. Mandya city and district experienced heavy rain, from Wednesday night till the wee hours of Thursday. The Bengaluru-Mysuru Highway, near Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences, was waterlogged after the downpour.
Traffic movement on National Highway 234 near Bukkapatna in Tumakuru district’s Sira taluk was affected for hours as the road was inundated after the Pinkitanki stream overflowed. Bukkapatna tank was filled to the brim following heavy showers since the past one week.
Ten houses were damaged and a huge tract of farm with standing crops was submerged at several villages, including Dasodi, Ganadhal, under Huliyar hobli of Chikkanayakanahalli taluk following the torrential rain in Tumakuru district.
Heavy rain lashed Hosadurga and several villages in Chitradurga district, on Thursday evening.
The downpour flooded many houses in Kote and Kobaripete layouts. A portion of the Chitradurga fort, built by Madakari Nayaka, was damaged due to the rain and lightning.