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B’luru received over 400% excess rains in August first week | Bengaluru


Between August 1 to 8, Bengaluru received 143 mm of rain as against the normal of 28 mm during the same period of time, indicating a 410% departure in rains and showing the extent of downpour that has brought India’s IT capital to its knees.

Continuous rains across several parts of Karnataka have added to the hardship of the people.

“All the time we are carrying out the same measures that involves cleaning up of the drains among other things.We have intensified the cleaning drives from the last rain. We have been clearing almost all the drains which are on the major roads and ORR (outer ring road) because the water got clogged due to (waste) materials,” Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike chief commissioner Tushar Girinath said.

Each time it rains in Bengaluru, the city’s civic body offers a variety of excuses for not completing the works.

“If you compare the flooding with 100 mm rainfall, this time the number of people who got affected is much less…that means we have done a lot of cleaning of the secondary and primary drains and a lot of measures have resulted in less flooding,” the chief commissioner said.

“Flooding has happened in low lying areas and not in habitation areas. It did not happen because of any obstruction of one spot or the other and ,” Girinath said.

The unplanned and rapid expansion of Bengaluru over the last two decades has left most of the lakes and drains encroached, leaving little space for the rain water to find its natural course and in turn flooding the houses in low lying areas.

The rest of Karnataka too received excess rain, adding to the challenges of the southern state. “Even in summer, there have been rains like the monsoon. There is going to be more rain from August 3 to 15, so we can expect more downpours over the next five days,” R Ashok, Karnataka’s minister for revenue said on Monday.

Bengaluru, home to almost a quarter of the state’s estimated over 70 million population, has received 441 mm of rainfall between June 1 to August 8, which is over 127% more than the normal levels of 194 mm, according to data from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).

Ashok said that at least 73 people have died in Karnataka from June 1 till date.

So far, over 500 animals have died due to the rains and 8,197 people have far been evacuated from various parts, data shows. There are at least 79 relief camps across Karnataka and 7,386 people currently taking shelter in them.

Ashok said that over 1.53 lakh hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops have been destroyed since June 1 and more areas are under assessment.

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