In­dia hit by heavy rains

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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.

PIC­TURE: ICHEF.BBCI.CO.UK

Peo­ple wade through flood­wa­ters in Balurghat in West Ben­gal, In­dia

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