Bangalore(DHNS): The misery brought by Thursday’s downpour continued to haunt scores of Bangaloreans even on Friday. Not just the residents of low-lying areas and motorists but also patients at the Victoria Hospital and sportspersons at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium were affected.
The prepaid auto-rickshaw counter at the City railway station could not function as it was flooded. People affected by flash floods put aside their routine and spent most of the day pumping dirty water out of their homes.
The Gali Anjaneya Swamy temple on Mysore Road, which is thronged by devotees from early morning, wore a deserted look on Friday as large amount of sewage had gushed into its premises. The temple remained closed till 10 am.
BBMP workers and priests from the temple were busy clearing the six-foot high water since 7 am.
Local residents said the problem of flooding at the temple and the surrounding areas began after the construction of the flyover nearby. The flyover is built over a stormwater drain which gets blocked. As a result, water overflows onto the streets as well as the temple, they said.
The situation was no different at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium where sports hostel and indoor stadium were affected the most by waterlogging. Water entered the rooms of athletes staying at the stadium for their training camp. But things improved to near normal by evening.
At the KR Layout, about three feet of water entered the basement of its new complex on Thursday evening. Asif Pasha, a trader, said that motors employed by the Palike could not completely pump the water out due to their limited capacity.
In HBR Layout, heavy rainfall created big craters on main roads. “Drainage work being carried out in parts of the locality since last week has worsened the roads. It’s no less than a nightmare for motorists to drive on the main roads,” said Sujatha A, a resident.
At the state-run Victoria Hospital, the female ward was flooded and its lifts were jammed. The hospital later deployed workers to pump the water out of the lifts and the ward.
In Koramangala and the surrounding areas, streets were waterlogged as an SWD at the neighbouring South Cross Road, R K Garden near Anepalya overflowed. As a result, motorists heading towards Koramangala were stuck for hours.
Residents of Anepalya, Neelasandra, LR Nagar and the neighbouring areas that are very closely located to the SWD bore the brunt of the misery and had to relocate to nearby community halls.
Over 1,000 houses have been affected in the Shanthinagar, according to Shivaram B S, headmaster at Bright High School, Neelasandra. The school declared Dasara holidays from September 27 itself instead of October 3.
“Parents requested us to grant leave to their children. The students complained to us that their school textbooks have been damaged,” Shivaram said.