Bengaluru rains tragedy: Death toll soars to 16; 12-year downpour record broken

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New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2017 11:59:33 AM

The IT-hub is experiencing torrential rains this season and it has broken a 12-year-record.

Bengaluru rains, Bengaluru rain havoc, Bengaluru rains 12 year record, Bengaluru rains deaths, Bengaluru rains Yelanhanka, Bengaluru rains siddaramaiahThe IT-hub is experiencing torrential rains this season and it has broken a 12-year-record. (Source: PTI)

Bengaluru continues to battle rain havoc. The IT-hub is experiencing torrential rains this season and it has broken a 12-year-record. MeT department officials said that city has witnessed about 1,620 mm of rainfall this year so far, breaking the record of about 1,600 mm of precipitation in 2005. Badly battered by rains, the city has so far witnessed 16 deaths in various rain-related incidents.

In the latest horrific incident, an 18-year-old girl drowned in an overflowing sewer in East Bengaluru. Narsaamma, a construction worker, had gone to relieve herself when she drowned in the drain around 7 AM, on Sunday. She was staying at a temporary shed with her parents in Krishnappa Garden, near CV Raman Nagar. The body of Narsamma was later recovered 500 yards away from the spot. At least 100 BBMP officials, 40 personnel from the Fire and Emergency Services, 20 from the State Disaster Response Force and 26 from the National Disaster Response Force took part in the search for victims on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the residents of Kendriya Vihar were forced indoors for 5 days after the water from Yelanhanka lake flooded the apartment complex.

More woes for Bengaluru citizens is expected. The Met Department has predicted mostly cloudy skies in and around Bengaluru with a spell or two of heavy rains in some areas in the next 48 hours. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said that the drain network in the city was unable to cope with the unprecedented rainfall. He blamed the earlier government for not fixing the drainage issue.

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