Rains Flooding the Streets of Bengaluru, Causing Severe Casualties

As a result of additional rainfall during a hefty monsoon season, Bengaluru witnessed heavy traffic, power outages, and flooding on September 6. Images of a submerged Bengaluru went viral over the internet. Experts anticipate heavy rain, thunderstorms, and lightning in the Bengaluru Urban district until September 9. The city has experienced 769 mm of rain since June 1, 2022, dramatically more than the 425 mm average for this time of year. In the interim, flooding persists. Residents of some of Bengaluru’s most upscale residential properties and renowned tech parks on Yemalur-Bellandur Road, behind the Old Bengaluru Airport, and bordering two lakes integral to the city’s drainage system have been among the most brutal hit in recent days.

Accelerated demand for hotel rooms as rescued residents from several parts of the city look for accommodations

P C Rao, president of the Bruhat Bengaluru Hoteliers Association (BBHA), stated that the association has identified a handful of hotels willing to offer discounts of up to fifty percent. “Not everyone has relatives in the city with whom they can stay during a crisis.”  “As a result, as a gesture of goodwill, we have identified a few hotels where we will offer discounts of up to 50%,” Rao explained. Even though more people may stay in hotels, they are concerned about the associated costs. “We also offered rooms for isolation and quarantine during the pandemic. Now that we are aware that everyone may not be able to afford to stay in rented rooms, we have decided to assist them,” Rao explained.

However, the hotel room rates in flood-ravaged Bengaluru have doubled, as desperate residents whose homes have been flooded have flocked to the city’s hotels. A few days ago, the room rates in India’s IT capital were between Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000 per night. Now, they are between Rs 30,000 and Rs 40,000 per night. “After our luxurious gated community in Yemalur was flooded, our family of four spent Rs 42,000 to stay in a hotel on Old Airport Road,” Meena Girisaballa, CEO and founder of PurpleFront Technologies, was quoted as saying by the ToI.

As most city hotels are fully booked for the next couple of days, there are reports that many locals could not reserve rooms, even at a premium.

The IT capital of India is drowning, as schools shut and IMD issued an alert of heavy rainfall

According to the National Disaster Response Force, 62 people, including 25 children and two senior citizens, were rescued by authorities in flood-ravaged Bengaluru on Tuesday night. The Block Education Officer was quoted by ANI as saying that primary and secondary schools in Bengaluru East Zone were asked to remain closed due to heavy rainfall and flooding. No rain break is expected for the following two to three days, according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Wednesday, the weather service issued a yellow and orange alert for portions of the state. Districts such as Uttar Kannada, Udupi, Chikmagalur, Dakshin Kannada, and Kodagu will experience heavy rainfall. On yellow alert are Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bellary, Mysore, Mandhya, Hassan, and Haveru.

Basavaraj Bommai, the chief minister of Karnataka, said his government had taken on the challenge of rebuilding the rain-damaged city even as flight operations at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport resumed completely normal operations. Bommai also stated that he would prevent such occurrences in the future.

Rainbow Drive Layout, once Bengaluru’s IT workforce’s holy grail, has sunk due to the city’s extreme rainfall

One of India’s tech giants, Wipro Limited, relocated its headquarters to use tractors and rescue boats to the outskirts of Bengaluru in the 1990s. The Rainbow Drive Layout in the newly developed neighborhood became the choice of residence for many techies.

After the IT capital experienced torrential rain over the past few days, the now-upscale area was flooded, which compelled some residents to use tractors and rescue boats to get to work or safety. On 36 acres, the Rainbow Drive Layout contains approximately 400 plots ranging from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet. It was a stunning, open area adjacent to a lake.

“The layout is in close proximity to Halanayakanahalli lake. However, in the early years, we were unaware that the layout would become flooded due to its proximity to the lake,” as one resident explained.

With other IT companies following Wipro Limited’s lead and relocating their offices to Sarjapur Main Road, the area quickly became an IT hub. Still, nearby real estate development impeded water flow into the lake near the Rainbow Drive Layout (RDL). In addition, the elevation of the Sarjapur Main Road along the layout has increased by at least three feet over the past several decades, thereby increasing the likelihood of flooding in the area.

On Wednesday at 5 p.m., IT Minister CN Aswathanarayana called a meeting of the heads of various software companies to discuss the issues the city was experiencing due to the hefty rain. This meeting will take place in the conference room of Vidhan Soud. It will include the participation of the Chief Secretary of the State Government, the Chief Commissioner of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), officials from the Bangalore Water Authority, officials from the Urban Development Department, and the City Police Commissioner.

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