Heavy downpour continues to disrupt daily lives in Bengaluru

Citizens took to Twitter to express their disappointment towards the Karnataka government's negligence of adequate drainage systems.

ByDeeksha Devadiga

Published Sep 05, 2022 | 5:54 PM Updated Sep 05, 2022 | 6:00 PM

Heavy Rains Bengaluru

Bengaluru is facing an enormous climate catastrophe. The devasting flood-like situation has seen several areas submerged, prompting authorities and citizens to use rafts, boats and other modes of transport to evacuate people.

The most affected areas in the city are Bellandur, Sarjapur Road, Whitefield, Outer Ring Road, and BEML Layout.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday said Bengaluru City saw 131 mm of rain overnight.

The IMD has issued a yellow warning for the Bengaluru Urban district, as the city is likely to see more rains over the next two days.

According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), Bandikodagehalli saw very heavy rains — 125 mm — on Sunday. Doddanekundi — in the Mahadevapura zone — saw 125 mm of rain up to 3 am.

Marathahalli (East zone) saw 129 mm as of 3.15 am. HSR Layout saw 65 mm rain as of 3.30 am. Bengaluru North also saw a lot of rain in the 2-5 am duration.

“Heavy rains since last night have caused flooding in many areas in Bengaluru, outer areas particularly. Several regions, especially the IT corridors areas have been flooded” said Srinivas Alavilli, a civic rights activist.

Alavilli, who heads civic participation in the NGO Janaagraha, explained that the main reason behind flooding in the city was rapid and unplanned urbanisation.

“Bengaluru is a city of lakes that are interconnected in a cascading manner. Overflow from one lake goes to the downstream lake via stormwater drains. In this case, the drain has been encroached upon and therefore rainwater has no place but to occupy road space,” he said.

Even the airport was affected due to the heavy downpour.

The entire parking bay of the Bengaluru International Airport was flooded, with passengers and their families struggling to cross over to the departure gate.


Netizens took to social media to express their disappointment at the condition of the roads and called out officials for poor management of the situation.