Bengaluru recorded one of the highest rainfalls in over a century on Tuesday. According to the Meteorological Department, Bengaluru, the HAL station recorded 14.4 cm and the City station 12.9 cm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.
According to SM Metri, Director, Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru, after 1890’s record of 16.6 cm rain, Tuesday’s rain stood second.
Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, however, recorded 18.4 cm of rain in southeast Bengaluru’s Bilekahalli. KSNDMC operates over 40 measurement points, compared to meteorological department’s three.
According to the meteorology department, the heavy rains were due to a cyclonic trough formation over the Bay of Bengal.
Normal life in several parts of the city were affected on Tuesday morning, as supply of essential services were disrupted. At least 17 different locations in the city recorded waterlogging.
As storm water drains began overflowing, the State Disaster Response Force deployed boats to rescue stranded residents.
At Anugraha Layoyt in Bilekanahalli, residents had to use pump sets to remove the water from their houses. “Early in the morning, water came into my house. I was so fed up with throwing the water out, I decided to take a hotel room. But then the rain stopped,” said Pramod, of the residents.
Bengaluru witnessed traffic snarls on major arterial roads like Double Road, Shantinagar and Hosur Road because of waterlogging. Maximum damage was caused in east and southeast Bengaluru, while the northern part of the city received only 8 cm of rain.
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