Heavy rains lash ISRO City

DROWNED OUT: An inundated APMC godown at Yeshwantpur in Bangalore  on Thursday .  DH photo/ B K Janardhan

Food grain worth Rs 12 crore was destroyed at the Yeshwantpur APMC Yard, low-lying areas were submerged, roads and layouts flooded, and scores of vehicles went under water.

Wreaking unprecedented damage across the City, Wednesday night’s heavy rain devastated Bangalore like never before this year. Caught unprepared yet again, the civic agencies struggled to cope as the downpour returned with more fury on Thursday.  Rain water entered 36 shops at the APMC Yard flooding storerooms that stocked loads of rice and other grain, APMC president M Mahadevaiah told Deccan Herald.

Residents in low-lying areas struggled to throw out water that had entered their houses, apartments and damaged cars and two-wheelers in the basements.  
Throughout Thursday, the BBMP and Fire and Emergency Services controlled the damage at Bapujinagar, Gayathrinagar, Kino Theatre, Chamarajpet, Kurubarahalli and other areas. While the city recorded 70 mm rainfall on Wednesday, by 11.30 pm on Thursday, 52.3 mm of rainfall added to Bangalore’s woes.

A 27-year-old electrical contractor suffered severe injuries when he came in touch with an electric wire near Kanteerava Studio in Nandini Layout police station limits. Lakshman, the victim, was busy giving final touches to a Ganesha pandal below a high tension wire when he suffered electric shock. He was rushed to a hospital.
In another incident, Jagadish, Sujith and Manju of Hosakerehalli, painters by profession, were rescued from a drain when an auto in which they were travelling turned turtle. Passersby rushed them to Victoria Hospital.

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