India hit by heavy rains
HEAVY rains that have been lashing Bengaluru and other regions of Karnataka for the past few weeks are likely to continue over the next few days, weather officials said on Monday.
According to the district weather warning issued by the India Meteorological Department, Bengaluru and interior districts of the state are likely to receive “heavy rains” during the week.
“The city received a maximum rainfall of 122.5mm as of Monday morning,” an official from the Karnataka State Disaster Monitoring Centre told IANS in Mumbai.
“The rains will continue for the next few days,” the official added.
Bengaluru’s usual traffic woes were further worsened as heavy rains flooded the city’s arterial roads on Monday.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike on Sunday said an action plan for storm- water drainage system in the city, which will incur an expenditure of Rs 300 crore.
The plan included procurement of a robotic excavator for cleaning storm-water drains and clearing flood waters, and taking other measures for securing vulnerable locations in the city from inundation.
Owing to continuing rains for the past few weeks, several parts of the state have been facing water logging.
At the same time, the state government has been continuing with its cloud-seeding experiment Project Varshadhari, in a bid to compensate for the lack of normal monsoon in the state.
According to reports more than 1 200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal as a result of flooding with 40 million affected by the devastation.
People wade through floodwaters in Balurghat in West Bengal, India