Highest August rains in 10 years batter Bangalore

September 1st, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Sep 1 (IANS) Residents of several upscale localities as well as low-lying areas in this IT hub of India went through harrowing time Monday as rain water entered their homes. The city received 20 mm rains Sunday evening, which the meteorological department described as “normal”.

However, evening rains Friday and Saturday added to the woes with several lakes and clogged drains overflowing, said residents of the affected areas.

This August, Bangalore recorded 309 mm rain, highest since 1988 when it had received 387.1 mm, the highest so far, according to the met department. In August 2007, the city had received 224 mm rain.

The met department has forecast cloudy weather and intermittent rain over the next three days making it a possible wet Ganesha festival for the Bangaloreans.

The festival of the elephant-headed god falls Sep 3, preceded by Swarna Gowri Vratha, worship of his mother Parvathi, also known as Gowri, on Sept 2.

The upscale residential areas affected were Dollars colony, which got that name as the sites were allotted to Non-Resident Indians, part of Raja Mahal Vilas, both about 10 kms north of the city centre, and mixed locality of Malleshwaram and Sanjay Nagar, between six and eight kms north of city centre.

Several lower middle class dominated areas and slums in eastern part of Bangalore were also flooded.

A city corporation spokesperson said storm water drains in the area could not take the load as they had got clogged with garbage. This had led to overflowing and flooding of houses. “The drains will be cleared in the next two days,” he said Monday.

The city skies were cloudy with intermittent showers throughout Monday.

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