Life has come to a standstill in Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India. There has been heavy rainfall which has brought the city to its knees.
It has become very difficult for people to move around. Homes, apartment complexes and even the airport are flooded. It has led to many traffic hiccups and power lines in the city are also snapped.
The administration has pressed the services of boats and tractors to bring people to and from their areas, schools and offices. All the low-lying areas are submerged in water. Badly hit areas by water logging are localities like Rainbow Drive Layout, Sunny Brooks Layout and some areas of Sarjapur Road.
Many parts of the Outer Ring Road as also the IT hub have been flooded.
The people are obviously angry and disappointed in the BJP-led government and have shared many videos of their homes and crawling traffic on social media. One person has also thanked the CM for turning the area into Venice.
To add to the woes of Bengaluru, there is going to be no water supply for two days as the pumping station is also filled with water affecting around 50 areas of the city.
The Chief Minister, Basavraj Bommai has released 600 crore rupees to manage the flood situation and out of this amount, 300 crore rupees is for Bengaluru. These funds will restore the damaged infrastructure, like roads, schools, electric poles etc. Two State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams have been deployed in the worst affected zones.
In the next 24 hours, many districts in Kerala have been warned of heavy rains and all educational institutions remain closed.
Also, before Onam, orange alert has been issued in many districts. In Tamil Nadu, in some parts, there has been rain all night. The havoc caused by rain has also affected railway tracks between some areas like Kallar and Hillgrove where boulders fell on the tracks.
The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) has forecast thunderstorms, lightning and heavy rainfall in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on 8th and 9th September. Kerala, Lakshadweep, Telangana and coastal Andhra Pradesh will also get very high rainfall in 6th, 7th and 9th September.