Bengaluru Receives Highest Rainfall in 115 Years, Several Areas Witness Flood-Like Situation, Death Toll Rises to 10
New Delhi, Oct 15: It’s been pouring trouble in the IT City – Bengaluru since the last few days. Incessant rainfall in the Karnataka capital has broken 115-year-old record. Several areas are witnessing flood-like situation. Reports say around 10 deaths have occurred in the past 15 days due to potholes and the heavy showers in the city.
Locals said residential areas developed in the recent years on land reclaimed from lakes were the worst affected and witness severe waterlogging even during slightest of rainfall.
A 16-year-old girl was drowned in an overflowing rain on Sunday at Krishnappa Garden.
In another incident, a mother and her daughter were washed away in a nearby drain in Kurubrahalli. (Also Read: Bengaluru Potholes Claim Four Lives, Karnataka CM Asks ‘What Can We Do‘)
Bengaluru is facing a unique weather system wherein the south-west monsoon has extended its stint and soon the north-east monsoon will arrive, a meteorological department official said.
Bengaluru: Severe water-logging in Yelahanka after heavy rain lashed the area pic.twitter.com/30SZ7Loavg
— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2017
On August 15, Bengaluru witnessed a record 180mm rainfall in barely three hours, the heaviest downpour in August since 1890.
— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2017
The heavy rain wreaked havoc across the city, crippling normal life, flooding roads and houses in many localities and dampened the 71st Independence Day celebrations in the state capital.
Politics Over Deaths
Sensing public mood, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked local MLAs to visit their respective constituencies to meet people and address their grievances.
While the BJP said CM Siddaramaiah has failed in his duty, the Karnataka CM, however, flayed the opposition for “politicising” the deaths. (Also Read: Bengaluru pothole deaths: Rahul Gandhi seeks report from Karnataka Government)
“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 said.
Bengaluru: Minister KJ George and mayor Sampath Raj visited water logged areas to take stock of the situation, earlier today. pic.twitter.com/T5Pzfh02IB
— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2017
“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,” Siddaramaiah added.
Siddaramaiah said the removal of encroachments and de- silting of stormwater drains would be intensified in the coming days.
BJP state unit president Yeddyurappa, who visited the rain-wracked areas, also blamed Siddaramaiah for the deaths.
“Chief minister Siddaramaiah and the Congress government are responsible for each and every death… Had the government completed the construction of stormwater drains on time, people would not have faced such a bad situation,” he alleged.