Roads resembled rivers, trees got uprooted, electricity wires dangled dangerously and traffic just stopped moving as the city was inundated by a sudden and thunderous downpour that lasted less than two hours on Thursday evening.
The city received 130 mm of rainfall in 24 hours on Thursday. Met Department officials said this was the highest rainfall recorded for the month of September in over two decades.
Authorities were flooded with calls and scrambled to deal with the situation. By the time the rain abated late in the evening, news of an electrocution death, stranded people on the roads and flooded residential areas started pouring in.
A man aged around 35 was found dead on the roadside in Gandhinagar. His body was found near an electricity pole and authorities suspect it could have been a case of electrocution.
The arterial Mysore Road was literally cut off as the storm-water drain — which was once the Vrishabhavati river — overflowed and flooded the stretch between Byatarayanapura and Kengeri.
Two buses were almost completely submerged and stranded in an underpass near Anand Rao Circle. Around 50 people who were stranded in the flooded underpass were rescued by Fire and Emergency Services personnel.
Seventeen trees in Koramangala, Jayanagar and Rajarajeshwarinagar main road, were uprooted and jammed traffic further.
The worst affected were several low-lying areas in and around Mysore Road, Banashankari, K.S. Layout, Wilson Garden, J.P. Nagar, Koramangala, Adugodi, Ashoknagar, HAL Airport Road, K.R. Puram, Fraser Town, D.J. Halli, K.G. Halli, Mahadevapura, Hebbal, Peenya, Mallesharam , Vidhana Soudha and Majestic area.
Bescom received 1,617 complaints from Thursday afternoon to 8.30 p.m. out of which only 242 have been solved. The rest of the 1,375 were being attended, an officer said, and added that 14 electric poles had been uprooted in and around the city, leading to power disruptions in several parts.