Brace for three days of heavy rain in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: The IT City might experience heavy to very heavy rainfall for the next three days from Wednesday, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) has said, caused by low pressure area over the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

Asking the civic authorities to be alert, the Centre has predicted rainfall to cross the 124.5mm mark that defines a heavy rainfall.  The continuous rain might also dampen the spirit during the Deepavali celebrations.

On Tuesday, the heads of all the civic agencies in Bengaluru including the BBMP, BWSSB and Traffic police organised an emergency meeting to discuss ways to handle rain-related issues. Responsibilities were also distributed among officials to respond to any emergencies such as flooding, blockage in the stormwater drains, overflowing of underground drains etc. 

Besides forming a team of officials for overseeing each BBMP ward, the officials also prepared a plan to distribute resources such as emergency vehicles, Motor Pump to clear water logging areas, tree cutting equipment etc.. The BBMP officials decided not to remain absent until October 25. They also said the Call Centre would be open round the clock.

The City is already experiencing rainfall over the last two days, resulting in traffic chaos on several major corridors. A large number of roads have turned unmotorable with slush and innumerable potholes making commute worse.

The BBMP has temporarily suspended repair and restoration of roads as heavy monsoon is likely to damage the asphalting work. Commuters might have to endure the bad roads for at least two to three months.  

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