Bengaluru Rains: 3 Die as Roof of House Collapses, Death Toll Rises to 19
Bengaluru, October 16: Three members of a family lost their lives after the roof of their house collapsed on Monday due to incessant rains in Gadag district’s Gajendragad in Bengaluru. The identity of the victims was still not known. Locals rescued the victims after the incident. Rains continued to wreak havoc in the cyber city taking the death toll up to 19.
Earlier on Sunday, a girl had drowned in an overflowing drain in Bengaluru. The victim, Narasamma, had gone to attend nature’s call and she accidentally slipped into the drain. Her body was later recovered at some distance from the slum where her family resides. The family hailed from a northern district of Karnataka and they worked as construction labourers in the city.
Rains from Monday night to Tuesday morning flooded major roads and drainage water entered houses in low-lying areas.
After public outrage, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaih asked his MLAs to visit affected people. He said, “It is unfortunate that people have lost their lives… I condole the deaths that happened due to rains. Compensation will be given to the families of those who lost their lives.”
He added, “However, you should know that the state this year has received unprecedented rains. We had continuous rains for 47 days. But, politics over deaths is condemnable. Our priorities should be to offer relief to the affected people.”
Vehicles submerged outside NTT DATA office in global village tech park in Bengaluru.
Reports quoting MeT department officials suggested that the city has witnessed about 1,620 mm of rainfall this year so far, breaking the record of about 1,600 mm of precipitation in 2005. The department has predicted generally cloudy sky in and around Bengaluru, one or two spells of rain and heavy showers in some areas in the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, reports of heavy rains from different parts of the state continue.
(With inputs from agencies)