Life has been thrown out of gear in Karnataka’s Bengaluru, the I-T capital of India, with severe waterlogging, flood-like crisis and traffic woes in several parts of the city triggered by heavy rainfall. The city is expected to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall till September 11.
While common public’s woes are now not unknown with pictures and videos of people struggling to go to work through heavily inundated roads flooding social media, even the bigwigs, Bengaluru’s corporate and business elites, have not been spared by the waterlogging issues. Read More
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BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said leaders like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were “pushed to the corners of our history.” “Over the years there was a segment of people who were ruling the country and wanted that only a limited number of people should be remembered. Earlier, leaders like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were pushed to the corners of our history,” he said ahead of the unveiling ceremony of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s statue in New Delhi.
In another attack against the ruling BJP in Karnataka over the flood situation in Bengaluru, state Congress in a tweet attacked the saffron party stating that while the city is tired of waiting for better infrastructure, the only thing “fully loaded are the pockets of BJP leaders.” “Bengaluru is tired of waiting for better infrastructure. The only thing that is fully loaded are the pockets of BJP leaders. #MissingMinisters has ensured Vidhana Soudha has become “Vyapara” Soudha,” it said in a tweet.
Bengaluru is tired of waiting for better infrastructure.
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) September 8, 2022
A woman walks through a waterlogged Munnekolala slum area due to overflowing of the Varthur lake, following heavy monsoon rains in Bengaluru, Thursday. (PTI Photo)
After Bangalore South MP and BJP leader Tejasvi Surya’s slammed “Opposition’s attempt to defame Bengaluru for petty politics” over the flood situation in the city, the Congress slammed “Missing Ministers of BJP” for its insensitive comments over leaving the city instead of fixing the issue. “As Bengaluru turns into an island and faces the worst collapse in infrastructure, #MissingMinisters of BJP are insensitively asking “People who are unhappy with Bengaluru to leave the city” instead of fixing the problems,” the Karnataka Congress said in tweet.
As Bengaluru turns into an island and faces the worst collapse in infrastructure, #MissingMinisters of BJP are insensitively asking "People who are unhappy with Bengaluru to leave the city” instead of fixing the problems.
ಕಮಿಷನ್ ಬೇಕಾದಾಗ ಮಾತ್ರ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ನಮ್ಮವರು ಅಂತಾರೆ. pic.twitter.com/NjIOix5yQa
— Karnataka Congress (@INCKarnataka) September 8, 2022
Parts of districts like Dharwad, Chitradurga, Vijayapura, Ballari, Haveri, Vijayanagara, Chitradurga, Hassan, and districts of Mysuru region like Kodagu, Chikkaballapura, Kolar, Chamarajanagara and Mysuru have also been hit by torrential rains, and several rivers in these districts are overflowing causing damage to crops and houses.
Bangalore South MP and BJP leader Tejasvi Surya on Thursday broke his silence on the flood situation in the city after being criticised for not addressing the crisis.
Tejasvi Surya said that he was on the ground with people, adding that the areas which were large affected by the rains does not fall under his constituency. MPs of those areas were constantly working, he said.
He slammed the Opposition and said, “I want to ask opposition, areas which largely experience inundation are Bellandur and others. Our MLAs and authorities have been working continopusly. Opposition is trying to defame Bengaluru for petty politics. The I-T parks in Bellandur belong to whom ? Who encroached the area? Congress and land grabbing leaders must answer these questions”.
Dakshina Pinakini, a river running dry for over three decades and was forgotten by Bengaluru residents, has been overflowing after heavy rain in the catchment area, leading to heavy traffic near the tech hub.
A portion of the busy Channasandra Main Road near the city’s tech corridor was seen submerged in four feet flowing water on Wednesday, throwing traffic out of gear.
“We had not seen the river flowing like this in the past 30 years. It is quite dangerous,” TOI quoted a local as saying.
On Channasandra Main Road, which runs from Hope Farm Junction near Whitefield to Koralur and connects to Hoskote and Malur, the downpour was seen causing traffic to break down over the past few days.
There are around 25 towns on either side of the road, some of which are progressively evolving into tech industry workers’ neighbourhoods.
Situation in Bengaluru, that was heavily waterlogged for the last few days after heavy rainfall, seems to be getting better with water seen receding in parts of the city.
Several people on social media posted pictures and videos showing clear roads in Bengaluru after days of deluge.
I drove 65 km through multiple localities of Bengaluru in the morning. Covered at least six MLA constituencies. Mostly middle class areas.
95% of the roads were normal.
This is for those who thought that the entire Bengaluru has flooded in this heaviest rain of the century. pic.twitter.com/gO6v0YOhGY
— Kiran Kumar S (@KiranKS) September 7, 2022
This is what Bengaluru looks like right now . I thought I would tweet this because all I see are flood pics. This is near Hebbal. The floods are only in a few areas. #bangalorerains pic.twitter.com/Oq99F3X06g
— Preeti Shenoy (@preetishenoy) September 7, 2022
Luxury carmaker Lexus India on Wednesday said it has rolled out a vehicle maintenance package for its flood-affected customers in Bengaluru. Under the ‘Lexus Cares Package’, the company will extend special support and rates for repairs of the cars impacted by rains, flooding or inundation in Bengaluru.
The automaker will also support its guests with a spare Lexus car in case their vehicles are severely impacted and are in an immovable condition, till their new or repaired cars arrive, Lexus India said in a statement. Besides, the rain-affected cars will be accorded priority servicing, including pick and faster delivery, the company added.
The package will also offer discounts on auto parts and labour paid by the customers, it said. “We stand by our customers in these difficult times and will take all steps to ensure they face minimal to no mobility challenges,” Lexus India President Naveen Soni noted. Lexus is the luxury car arm of Japanese auto major Toyota and initiated operations in India in 2017.
(With PTI inputs)
Despite the heavy rain and chaos, how did the Electronic City, one of Bengaluru’s first major information technology (IT) hubs, keep itself safer compared to the relatively new IT parks on Outer Ring Road? Mohandas Pai, former Infosys director and Chairman of Aarin capital, who has also been actively working on resolving several civic issues in Bengaluru, has a simple answer: “By just keeping the drains clear.”
Bengaluru’s Outer Ring Road, now named Dr Puneeth Rajkumar Road, is the city’s longest technology corridor which spans over 17 km and has been the epicentre of the flash floods. IT parks such as Manyata Tech Park and RMZ eco space, which have been built close to the lakes or on reclaimed land, and many buildings that have been constructed on the lake buffer zones and wetlands are among the worst-hit. READ MORE
Parts of Maharashtra, including Mumbai and Thane, are witnessing intense thunderstorm accompanied by lightning and rainfall. Netizens have been sharing pictures and videos showing weather conditions in Mumbai and nearby cities on their social media handles.
Meanwhile, IMD Mumbai has predicted thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 30-40km/h in the districts of Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Nasik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Osmanabad and Latur today.
A woman has reportedly died in Gadag district of Karnataka after a wall of her house collapsed due to heavy rainfall. Another house collapse has been reported from Chitradurga where the residents have sustained minor injuries.
IMD has predicted moderate to heavy rain in Bengaluru and rest of Karnataka till September 11, with an orange Alert issued for Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur and Kodagu districts. A yellow alert has been issued in Uttara Kannada, Bagalkote, Belgaum, Gadag, Haveri, Yadagiri, Bellary districts.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall from September 9-11 in Odisha due to a cyclonic circulation that formed on Wednesday over east central adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal. A low-pressure area to be formed over west-central Bay of Bengal in next 24 hours, said Umashankar Das, IMD Scientist, Bhubaneswar.
Odisha | There might be a possibility of landslides in vulnerable hilly areas of the state. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea: Umashankar Das, IMD Scientist, Bhubaneswar pic.twitter.com/8SGu02TcCE
— ANI (@ANI) September 7, 2022
Thunderstorms accompanied by lightning and moderate to intense spells of rain with gusty winds reaching 30-40km/h is very likely to occur at isolated places in the districts of Thane, Raigad, Palghar, Nasik, Pune, Ahmednagar, Solapur, Osmanabd and Latur during next 3-4 hours: IMD Mumbai
Mumbai on Wednesday witnessed sudden thunder and lightning following a spell of rain. A yellow alert for rainfall has been issued in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Ratnagiri, Nashik and several other districts for the next 5 days, news agency ANI reported. In view of active monsoon conditions, enhancement in rainfall activity is expected over Maharashtra in the next 4 to 5 days, according to IMD Mumbai.
Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Kolhapur, Satar, Sangli, Sholapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Osmanabad are expected to see light to heavy rainfall in the next five days. READ HERE
Automaker Volkswagen Passenger Cars on Wednesday said it has commenced special service support for its customers affected by the flood situation in Bengaluru. The company said that round-the-clock free roadside assistance (RSA) will be available to customers at no additional charge until September 30. The service aims at helping customers resume their normal life soon and have a safe driving experience, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said in a statement.
Complimentary roadside assistance has been put in action for the affected cars, which will be transported to the nearest dealership on priority, it said. In addition, detailed and comprehensive service checks of the vehicle will be undertaken to ensure flood-related damages are timely repaired, the company said.
Necessary standardised repair guidelines have been issued across dealerships and the company will ensure adequate manpower and availability of spare parts across dealerships to ensure a quick service experience, it added. Many parts of Bengaluru have been reeling under torrential rains and floods.
(With PTI inputs)
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said his government will seek special grants from the Union government as compensation for the damages caused in rain-battered Bengaluru. He held a meeting with the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) headed by Home Ministry’s joint secretary Ashish Kumar, which is visiting Karnataka to take stock of the flood havoc in the State.
We have shared details on damages caused during three stages of rainfall – July, August and the first week of September, Bommai said. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said another meeting would be held with the IMCT after it visits various districts, including parts of Bengaluru.
The ongoing monsoon season has yet again exposed how our cities are crumbling under heavy rains. The ill-equipped storm-water drainage network and failure to protect their natural ecosystem has left the urban centers to pay a hefty price, with Bengaluru being the latest example.
But, as the monsoon gets more erratic and extreme rainfall events become more common due to changing climate, the burgeoning cities could face dire consequences if they don’t take stock now, experts have warned. With several cities, including flood-hit Bengaluru, yet to ready its climate action plan, the delay, experts say, could cost them dearly. READ HERE
A major portion of Bengaluru is submerged in water owing to the heavy rainfall. Waterlogging, power cut, and restricted traffic movement have put the city’s hustle and bustle on halt and have caused extreme damage. Amid this disaster, citizens are questioning authorities over the unplanned development of Bengaluru.
Key roads are submerged in water and along with common people, CEOs of well-known firms are also suffering the consequences of the unplanned infrastructure of the city. On Tuesday morning, CEO of Unacademy Gaurav Munjal shared that his family, too, was evacuated to a safer place on a tractor. He posted a video of his family being evacuated on a tractor after their residence was submerged in water. In the clip, his pet dog Albus stole the show. READ HERE
While flood waters receded in some parts of Bengaluru on Wednesday, the worst is not over for IT capital yet, with the weather bureau predicting heavy rainfall over south interior Karnataka, including the city, for the next two days.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is predicted over a few places in coastal and south interior Karnataka on September 8-9 and interior Karnataka on September 9-10, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). “A cyclonic circulation lies over interior Karnataka and neighbourhood. A trough runs from cyclonic circulation over east-central and adjoining southeast Bay of Bengal to north Kerala across Rayalaseema and south interior Karnataka,” it said.
While experts have attributed the flooding in IT capital to encroachments on the stormwater drain and water bodies which impede the flow of rainwater, excess rain has also played its part. According to IMD data, the Bengaluru City observatory recorded 251.4 mm of rainfall in the last four days, including 131.6 mm on Sunday, the highest 24-hour precipitation in September in 34 years.
Mumbai, meanwhile, on Wednesday witnessed sudden thunder and lightning following a spell of rain. A yellow alert for rainfall has been issued in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Pune, Ratnagiri, Nashik and several other districts for the next 5 days, news agency ANI reported. In view of active monsoon conditions, enhancement in rainfall activity is expected over Maharashtra in the next 4 to 5 days, according to IMD Mumbai.
Palghar, Thane, Mumbai, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Dhule, Nandurbar, Jalgaon, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Kolhapur, Satar, Sangli, Sholapur, Aurangabad, Jalna, Parbhani, Beed, Hingoli, Nanded, Latur, Osmanabad are expected to see light to heavy rainfall in the next five days.