Light to moderate widespread rain will lash the southern city of Bengaluru till Thursday, an official from Karnataka's weather monitoring centre said on Monday. As of Monday morning 8.30 am, parts of Bengaluru received maximum rainfall measuring up to 14.1 cm and an average rainfall of 3 cm across the Bengaluru Urban district, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) said. After a brief dry spell, Bengaluru had been experiencing intermittent light to moderate showers since Friday.
Even with little rain, many main and arterial roads experienced water logging forcing pedestrians to wade through ankle deep water. Traffic was thrown out of gear in major junctions including Halasuru, Hebbal. Many parts of the city are still experiencing slow traffic due to ongoing civic works and pothole ridden roads. At Hebbal, traffic police were struggling on Monday to clear water logging at the upramp of the Flyover approaching the city.
"Due to low pressure created in the Bay of Bengal, the city is expected to continue to receive light to moderate rain over the next few days," KSNDMC Director, GS Srinivasa Reddy, told IANS. The south interior districts of the state, including Mysuru and Chamarajanagar also received moderate rain over the past 24 hours.
"Monsoon activity is likely to increase in the north interior districts of Kalaburagi, Bidar and Raichur," Reddy added.
The state capital, however, is on alert and is prepared to act in case the intensity of the rain increases, an official said.
"We have already cleared out many of the storm water drains across the city to prevent flash floods in any region, in case of heavy rain," the city's civic body spokesman, L Suresh, told IANS.
On August 15 last year, Bengaluru received its heaviest downpour in a century measuring up to 18 cm within a span of three hours, which wreaked havoc across the city, crippling normal life, flooding hundreds of roads and houses.