'Monsoon burst' sends B'loreans into a tizzy

'Monsoon burst' sends B'loreans into a tizzy

Heavy rains, accompanied by gusty winds and thunder, hit many parts of Bangalore for over four hours on Monday night, disrupting life and exposing the poor monsoon preparedness of the government agencies.

The City experienced a ‘monsoon burst,’ which according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) is another phenomenon of the pre-monsoon showers.

At least 17 trees were uprooted and, power outage and water logging were reported from different parts of the City.

The downpour which started around 7 pm continued till midnight in many areas.

Kempegowda International Airport too recorded heavy rainfall, resulting in flight diversions.

A four-wheeler was damaged after a tree came crashing down on it on 12th main, 14th cross, Indiranagar.

A man was injured after a tree fell on his asbestos sheet house at Raja Colony in Yemlur, off HAL. A huge tree fell on the road connecting Rest House Crescent Road and Museum Road, damaging some properties.

Waterlogging was reported from Sony World Junction in Koramangala, an underbridge at Vasanthnagar, Kimko Junction, Anepalya Junction, MS Building, Cauvery Junction, 17th main road, Indiranagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar arch. Water gushed into houses at Ideal Homes Layout in Rajarajeshwarinagar.

Vehicular movement was affected in KR Puram, Indiranagar, Jayanagar,  KH Road, Sadashivanagar, Koramangala, Lavelle Road, Richmond Circle, Majestic area and Railway Parallel Road, traffic police said.

The BBMP control room received complaints of trees being uprooted at Hosakerehalli; Koramangala; JP Nagar; near Ananya Hospital, 1st Block, Rajajinagar; 11th Main Road, Malleswaram; Margosa Road; Indiranagar 2nd Stage and Vasanthnagar.

IMD-Bangalore Director B Puttanna told Deccan Herald that the monsoon burst was due to clumino-nimbus clouds spread across large area, hovering at low vertical height in large numbers due to the north-south trough from Vidarbha to south Tamil Nadu, which are bringing rain to south interior Karnataka, including Bangalore.

Monsoon is very close to Kerala and this is also causing heavy rainfall in Bangalore.

Puttanna said that south interior and coastal Karnataka will receive heavy rainfall measuring between 7-12 cm over the next three days, coupled with winds, thunder, lightning and more clouding.

This, he said, was common during pre-monsoon showers as rainfall is vigorous just before the onset of monsoon.

The IMD had issued a heavy rainfall warning to all south interior and coastal area district offices.

Bangalore received 103.3 mm rainfall in May against the cumulative monthly normal of 158.7 mm. In April too, Bangalore recorded less rainfall, measuring 20.2 mm against the normal of 47.4 mm.

For June, IMD has forecast 87 mm rainfall. On June 1, 2014, City received 13.7 mm rainfall. From March to May, Bangalore Urban recorded 103.3 mm rainfall against the normal 153.7 mm.

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