Several parts of the city were lashed by heavy rain and gusty winds; the Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) recorded winds raging at 18 to 20kmph at Begur and Lalbagh around 4pm.
The downpour in localities of southeast Bengaluru such as Koramangala (68mm) and Mahadevapura (62mm) disrupted normal life.One of the arterial roads in Koramangala, 80 Feet Road, was cut off for approximately two-and-a-half hours, blocked by a tree that brought down an electric pole along with it. Power outage in the area only added to residents’ woes.
K Nagaraj, a resident of Koramangala 6th Block, said, “It’s an unfortunate day .Bescom and personnel from other corporations are working in different areas. The trouble is that we are not receiving any response on the Bescom helpline (1912).Residents were forced to contact executive engineers and other officials working at the spot. The process would have been far smoother if the helpline was functioning.“
Another resident Girish Vasudev attributed the mess on 80 Feet Road to work undertaken by various utilities. “80 Feet Road and other streets in the area have been dug up.As a result, roots of the trees have become weak. A number of cars have been getting stuck in the mud too,“ he said.
The average wind speed recorded in the city on Sunday was 12 to 15kmph, according to KSNDMC.Warning the citizens to guard against instances of crashing trees, the body forecast scattered rainfall in Bengaluru, south and coastal Karnataka over the next three days.
SSM Gavaskar, a scientist with KSNDMC, said the rain was a result of active premonsoon. “We can expect overcast sky, scattered rain over the next two weeks,“ he added.
Courtesy by TIMES OF INDIA