Bengaluru: More than 800 houses were flooded after the bund of Hulimavu lake in the southern part of Bengaluru breached, sending water gushing into several residential localities. The breach occurred on Sunday afternoon when a BDA contractor was taking up pipe-laying works around the lake, without the permission from BBMP.
The magnitude of the breach was such that water gushed into areas as far as 2km from the lake, affecting thousands of families. Besides damaging properties, a large number of two-wheelers and cars submerged in places such as BTM Layout, Krishna Layout, RR Layout, Avani-Sringeri Layout, Royal Residency and a part of Begur Road etc.
As the water was gushing out in full speed, many residents abandoned their homes and escaped to safety along with family members, including children and senior citizens. Some of them complained that they lost crucial documents due to the man-made breach.
The National Disaster Response Force and civil defence were pressed into rescue-and-relief operations. The water started receding only by evening. Mayor Gowtham Kumar and Commissioner Anil Kumar paid a visit to the spot to assess damages.
The breach of Hulimavu lake is the third such incident since October 10. When Doddabidarakallu Lake breached, around 500 families were marooned. Exactly a month later, Hosakerehalli Lake overflowed.