Many residents in several parts of Bengaluru woke up on Tuesday morning to feel water under their feet inside their homes. No, this is not a dream, but the state of the city after a night's rainfall.
The rains, late on Monday night and early on Tuesday morning, left many roads waterlogged in multiple areas of the city. While the water level has risen considerably on the roads partially sinking parked vehicles, the water has also managed to enter many homes in areas such as Indiranagar, Ulsoor, Vivek Nagar, Shantinagar, Bilekahalli, Anugraha Layout, Wilson Garden and Koramangala.
Karnataka State Natural Disaster management Corporation recorded 184mm rainfall in Bilekahalli, the higest the city has received. The HAL Airport Observatory recorded 144 mm rainfall in the area, the highest since the August 12 record of 103mm.
Photo by Bharani Setlur
The BBMP Forest Cell has received numerous complaints of fallen tress since Monday night. "Complaints have been pouring in since last night and our staff has been able to clear out the fallen trees. However, more complaints have come in on this morning (Tuesday). We will be able to provide the exact number of trees fallen only after all of the complaints have been attended to," said Ashok, an official at the BBMP control room.
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BBMP officials said that motor pumps have been set up to drain out the water in areas where the agency has received complaints.
"We have set up nibe different control rooms and our staff has been deployed. We are working on getting all the water out," the BBMP official said.
Several residents took to Twitter to share photos and videos of their homes and streets that have been flooded.
In this video uploaded on Twitter by Rahul Agarwal, the entire street outside his home in Koramangala is visibly flooded. A man can be seen treading his way carefully, even as the water level has risen to knee length. A car parked outside one of the houses is half-sunk in water.
In another photo shared by Pratyush Priyadarshini early on Tuesday morning, the water level has risen so much that the gates of the houses are partially under water. Cars parked in the porches of the houses are partially under water, a bike and a bucket can be seen floating around. The user said that the photo was from Koramangala.
Watch this video, said to be from Koramangala 6th block, where the entire street can be seen to be inundated.
A user Vinaya Sreenivasa shared with TNM, a photo from Guptha Layout in Ulsoor, where two cars and a few motorbikes can be seen under water. The resident has pointed out that while the situation in many parts of the city after the rains is similar, the BBMP is clueless of ways to tackle it.
In the photo, a resident from JP Nagar shared, the water has entered his house.
The situation is no different at Maruthi Nagar in BTM Layout, points out this user.
Maruthi nagar ,BTM layout pic.twitter.com/iZo0FAqaTeâ€” Nkill (@nkill0070) August 15, 2017
Several trees were reportedly uprooted in the process. Here's a photograph from Koramangala, wear a huge tree fell, blocking the traffic.
The Karnataka State Fire and Emergency Services deployed boats in Koramanagala.