East, Northeast Bengaluru halt from rain and hailstorm

East, Northeast Bengaluru halt from rain and hailstorm

BBMP workers clear a choked manhole on Kamaraj Road in Bengaluru on Friday. DH PHOTO/S K Dinesh

Heavy rains and hailstorm brought the city to a halt for a few hours on Friday afternoon.

Though the showers were intermittent, the rain intensified towards the evening and late evening. Clogged stormwater drains caused waterlogging in Okalipuram, Rajajinagar, Silk Board Junction and Magadi Road. 

While heavy rains last week inflicted damage in the west and south of the city, Friday’s rain fury was focused largely in eastern and northeastern Bengaluru, where the uprooting of trees was reported.

BBMP officials said the rains ripped at least 30 trees. The Mahadevapura zone reported the toppling of 15 trees that paralysed the evening peak-hour traffic. Tree falling was reported at Nimhans junction, Jayanagar, Banashankari, Nagawara and KR Puram. A tumbling tree crushed a car near the Jayanagar metro station. 

The IMD observatory on Palace Road recorded 17.44 mm of rain, while the HAL airport reported 18.9 mm of rain until 8.30 pm on Friday. The KSNDMC reported moderate to heavy rains in the city’s eastern and north-eastern parts. 

The rains jammed traffic along the metro lane as motorists took shelter under the pillars. Bannerghatta Road, a high-density corridor, witnessed prolonged traffic congestion after the Jedi Mara junction was intensely flooded. 

Heavy traffic jam was also seen near Silk Board Junction and Jayadeva Circle, where vehicles were plying in single file due to waterlogging. 

The IMD has predicted rains in the city and other parts of south interior Karnataka for the next two days.