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September 28, 2017

This September wettest in Bengaluru since 2005

BENGALURU: The record rainfall for September in Bengaluru, 516.6 mm, dates back to 1986. As of September 27, several parts of the city have already broken that record.

When compared with Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) rainfall data for the past decade, September 2017 has been the wettest since 2005. The city received 352.6 mm during the month in 2013, while this year, Bengaluru has already received 354.28 mm.

The rather heavy (35.5 mm to 64.5 mm) to very heavy rainfall (exceeding 124.5 mm) recorded in the city has pushed the amount of rainfall received in some parts of the city to 640.5 mm. Many other localities in south and east Bengaluru have exceeded the maximum rainfall of 516.6 mm recorded in September.
According to data, rainfall recorded in September is about 2.3 times the normal for September, which is 155 mm.


The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast heavy showers for the city, for at least one more day. The forecast for Wednesday indicated that some parts of the city might receive rainfall in excess of 100 mm. Overcast conditions were reported in many parts of Bengaluru and south interior Karnataka.

The rainfall map of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Cell (KSNDMC) for Bengaluru indicated that the highest rainfall was recorded at Hemmigepura with 139.5 mm, as of 8.30 am on September 27. Kengeri, Bagalakunte and Basavanapura received 128 mm rainfall.

In the state, maximum rainfall of 196 mm was recorded at Avalahalli grama panchayat limits of Bengaluru Urban district.

Dasara celebrations were hit as 170 mm of rainfall was reported in Mysuru, the centre of festivities organised by the state government. In other parts of the state, very heavy rainfall was reported in many districts of South Interior Karnataka and Malnad.

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Heavy rains in Bengaluru and surrounding districts on Wednesday crippled normal life, flooding roads and houses and leading to traffic snarls in many localities in the city.

"The city received heavy rainfall on Wednesday, with a few areas receiving a maximum rainfall of 196 mm as recorded at 8.30 a.m," an official from the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) told IANS here.

Bengaluru has received nearly double the normal amount of rainfall for the month of September. It received 295 mm of rain from September 1 to 26 as against the normal of 148 mm, according to the KSNDMC.

The heavy rains which began on Tuesday night led to storm water drains overflowing onto the roads in several localities, leading to water-logging. A number of trees were also uprooted due to the rains in the city, blocking vehicular movement.

A 48-year-old man, Narayanappa, reportedly died at Alur in the city's north suburb when the tiled roof of his old house collapsed in the rains.

Even upscale suburbs like Koramangala and Jayanagar witnessed flash floods as the drains, filled with silt and filth, failed to cope with the huge amounts of water. Rainwater also entered homes in many areas.

Fifty-five-year-old Meenamma, a resident of Krishnarajapuram, a suburb in the eastern part of the city, died on Wednesday after a night of incessant rain, police said.

"Her house was inundated after the rainfall. It was a natural death as she had been suffering from illness for weeks," police constable Chikkarayappa from Krishnarajapuram Police Station told IANS.

A few compound walls in the city also came crashing down due to the night's rain.

"A compound wall in western suburb Chandra Layout collapsed due to the rain, crushing about eight cars that were parked close to it," Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike spokesman Suresh said.

Thousands of chickens at a poultry farm in Nelamangala, a town in Bengaluru Rural district, about 30 km from the city, died after the farm was flooded by rain water, an official said.

The Bellandur Lake, the largest of the lakes and tanks in the city, was seen covered in toxic foam after the rainfall. Similar froth has led to the lake catching fire several times in the past.

Binnamangala Lake in Nelamangala town of Bengaluru Rural district, about 35 km to the north west of the city, breached after the excessive rainfall, leading to water flowing on the roads in the town.

Many villages and towns in south interior Karnataka, especially in Mysuru region like Mandya, Bidadi, Srirangapatna and Channapatna, have been badly affected due to the rains.

According to KSNDMC officials, heavy rain is likely to continue in the state for the next three days.

"An east-west shear zone is prevailing over the region, at 5.8 km above the sea level, wherein winds from west to south and east to north converge to cause instability, thereby leading to rains in the state," Sundar M. Metri, the Bengaluru chief of India Meteorological Department, told IANS.- IANS

September rain in Bengaluru inching up to the all-time record of 1986
City is just 20 mm short of the 516.6 mm rainfall recorded that year

The monsoon this year is gearing up to blow away yet another record. Bengaluru's rainfall has been steadily rising and is now on its way to breaching the highest ever rainfall recorded in September since measurements began late in the 19th century.

With more than 59 mm rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, the city has so far recorded 496.1 mm in September, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). This is just 20 mm short of the all-time monthly record of 516.6 mm set in 1986.

However, with IMD predicting more rainfall over the next 48 hours, and Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) forecasting heavy rain in the northern and western parts of the city, the record is most likely going to be broken.

Unusual monsoon

This has been quite a turnaround in terms of rainfall in what could be the most tumultuous monsoon the city has witnessed. An urban drought was a real possibility even in August first week. Till then, the city had barely received 80 mm of rainfall, or a more than 65% shortfall.

The scenario started to turn on Independence Day when 129 mm was recorded in 24 hours. Since then, a steady build-up of clouds has seen near-record rainfall in August, which spilled over to a very wet September.

As reported in The Hindu, rainfall varies significantly across the immense landscape of the city. So, during September if Kengeri in Bengaluru south received a staggering 640.5mm of rainfall, Chowdeshwari ward in the north has stayed relatively dry with just 185.5mm of rain.

                               56mm of rain brings Bengaluru to its knees, again
Heavy showers crippled normal life in Bengaluru, leaving residents high and dry
Bengaluru recorded a total rainfall of 55.8mm till 8.30am on Wednesday
Two citizens lost their lives, taking the total number of rain-related deaths in September to six.

About six cars and two autos were damaged when a boys' hostel wall collapsed in Chandra Layout56mm of rain brings Bengaluru to its knees, again
BENGALURU: Once again, heavy showers crippled normal lif

About six cars and two autos were damaged when a boys' hostel wall collapsed in Chandra Layout56mm of rain brings Bengaluru to its knees, again
BENGALURU: Once again, heavy showers crippled normal life in the city, leaving residents high and dry . Two citizens lost their lives, taking the total number of rain-related deaths in September to six.
Beginning late on Tuesday night, the downpour continued till Wednesday morning. Meteorological Centre, Bengaluru, recorded a total rainfall of 55.8mm till 8.30am on Wednesday, which was enough to inundate the ill-equipped city. Several localities in east, south and north Bengaluru were inundated, inconveniencing residents and dampening the Dasara spirit.
Vehicles wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Bengaluru on Wednesday. PTI Photo
Fire and emergency services staff and members of civil defence has to press boats into action at HSR Layout, JP Nagar, Koramangala, Whitefield and Kodichikkanahalli to evacuate residents from houses.Heavy showers also resulted in breaching of Dod dabidarakallu lake in north Bengaluru.
The chaos dealt another blow to citizens, who were yet to recover from the havoc wreaked on Sunday night (the city had received 54mm of rain). According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) data, Hemmigepura recorded the highest rainfall of 139.5mm within BBMP limits and Avalahalli in Bengaluru East taluk saw 196mm.
After inspecting rain affected areas, Bengaluru development minister K J Georgesaid the city has been receiving abundant rain, which is what is causing the problem. "The problem earlier seen in Madivala has now been replicated in HSR Layout. The city needs Rs 300 crore to tide over the crisis. The government has granted the amount and the work will begin soon," he said.
Residents of a building adjacent to Gopalan Signature Mall, Byap panahalli were in for a sudden wake-up call when the security guard began knocking on each door. When they rushed to the car parking lot of the building, the wall separating them from the mall had collapsed and water gushed into the apartment basement. "By the time we came down, the water had entered the building. Most of us are elderly people and there was no way we could run to our cars and take them out," said Meena Basu (name changed), a resident of the building.
A 48-year-old daily-wage worker succumbed to injuries after a portion of the wall at his residence in Alur village near Dobbespet collapsed during late-night rain.
Narayanappa alias Narayanaswamy was fast asleep when rain pounded the village around 2am. The village is about 40km from central Bengaluru. There were five others in the house, including Narayanappa's wife, son and mother.
"Narayanappa was sleeping near the main entrance when the dilapidated wall fell on him. His son and wife, who were sleeping in other room, rushed to the hall and heard Narayanappa's plea for help.Though they tried their best to get him out of the debris, they couldn't succeed," said Madanayakanahalli police, under whose limits the area falls.