In the most awful case of flooding the city has seen in a decade, huge parts of south eastern Bengaluru, houses to the city’s IT hub with large housing areas and garment factories, was left flooded as three lakes overflowed on Friday due to heavy rain for four repeated nights.
The first flood came from Madiwala at 3 a.m. on Friday, and by end of day, nearly 600 cars were drowned, 30 trees uprooted and quite a few cases of wall collapse reported in the city.
At least five lakes dotting the city between Bannerghatta Road in the south and HAL Airport Road flooded, sending water swirling into their neighborhood. Kodichikkanahalli, Akshayanagar, Arakere Layout, Yemalur and Kariyammana Agrahara were the most affected with roads turning into canals, residences getting submerged in water up to 10ft and basements getting flooded.
In 10 years, for the first time, those in ground floor apartments and individual homes were evacuated using dinghies in Kodichikkanahalli and Bilekahalli. The fire brigade deployed at least 100 men and 10 boats to evacuate residents from the affected areas.
Some parts of Hongasandra and H.S.R. Layout were also inundated following continual rains that have been lashing the city since Thursday night, According to reports. Trouble had started in many affected areas on Thursday. Knee-deep water on roads and low-lying areas kept growing as rain intensified past midnight. Madiwala, Hulimavu, Yemalur, Bellandur and Akshaynagar lakes overflowed and storm water drains leading to them were in spate well before dawn.
By morning, at about 150 homes in Kodichikkanahali were under 7ft of water. Firemen arrived by then and started evacuating residents. Some of the residents moved to upper floors. Another 40 houses in Akshaynagar near Hulimavu Lake remained underwater. Overflowing Yemalur and Bellandur lake water flooded scores of houses. The rain again exposed the creaking road infrastructure. People were stuck on water-swamped roads for hours. Many residents were not able to come out of their apartments. Uprooting of more than 30 trees was reported in many areas. A compound of IAF facility was collapsed damaging 7 vehicles.
Bellandur, ITPL, Silk Board Junction, Sarjapura Road, KR Puram, Kadubeesanahalli, Mahadevapura, parts of Old Airport Road, Marathahalli Ring road, Electronic City, Devarabeesanahalli and Kadugodi Road leading towards Mahadevapura, Chandapura Gate and Hebbugodi roads were mostly-affected stretches.
The Indian Meteorological Department recorded water level 41.8 mm in the city between Thursday 8.30am to Friday 8.30am and 70.6 mm in the HAL station.
Hitendra, Additional Commissioner of Traffic police said that the never-ending rains and inundation of vital arterial roads had put the traffic in the city out of gears. “We, along with Fire and Emergency Services, have been trying to remove water from these inundated roads clearing them for traffic. But even after clearing water, we observe that the water logging has created large potholes and bad road stretches which have drastically brought down the traffic speeds on the city’s roads in the last one week.”