Bengaluru, May 26: Heavy rain, accompanied by lightning, thunder and strong winds, brought down many trees across the city. The downpour affected power supply plunging many areas into darkness.
According to the Met Department, the city received 27 mm rainfall (from 9 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.), while the HAL airport received 14 mm.
The BBMP control rooms were flooded with complaints from citizens. According to officials, more than 15 full-grown trees came down in RPC Layout, Vijayanagar.
Trees also came down in Indiranagar 80 ft Road, Banaswadi Main Road, near Kadugodi police station, Kalyan Nagar, Jayanagar, Gandhi Bazaar, Jayamahal, Bhashyam Circle, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Basavanagudi and many other parts of the city.
Trees fell on parked power lines and on parked vehicles. BBMP sources claimed that around five to six vehicles were damaged. Fortunately, no casualties were reported.
Radio jockey Shruthi and her family were driving down near Sankey signal, Sadashivanagar, when a tree branch fell on the car. “My in-laws and mother were sitting at the back. They could have sustained injuries had they not leaned forward. It was a reflex. The glass shattered on them. Fortunately, none of us was injured,” she said and added that her car bore the brunt of the branch fall.
Ashok Betraj, resident of Kalyan Nagar, said two trees came down and snapped the power lines. “The rains started at 8.30 p.m. and the power supply was disrupted soon after. We have informed the control room to clear the fallen trees. We don’t know when the power supply will be restored,” he said.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, the city could receive heavy rain accompanied with gusty winds, thunder and lightning for another two to three days.
It’s typical of pre-monsoon showers that are expected during this time of the year.
He also said the rain was caused by cyclonic circulation over south interior Karnataka along with a trough extending from south interior Karnataka to south Tamil Nadu.