Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)
Bengaluru, Apr 18: The city which had been parched since the last several days, received welcome rainfall and hailstorm on the evening of Monday April 17. While the rain instantly brought down temperature, over 25 trees and scores of branches fell to the ground due to strong gale which accompanied the hailstorm.
People who were just then returning home from offices got drenched in rain. Unexpected traffic jams occurred at various spots in the city. Drains were clogged. Two-wheeler riders were found scampering for shelters to protect themselves from the rain. The rainfall was particularly heavy in areas like M G Road including Vidhan Soudha and K G Road, Chalukya Circle, Indiranagar, HAL, Koramangala, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Nagarbavi etc.
State Natural Calamities Monitoring Centre said that rain measuring between 12 mm to 21.5 mm was received in different areas with the average standing at 15 mm.
Trees were found to have fallen in areas like ITPL, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, HSR Lay out, Koramangala, and Indiranagar. Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) staff who were deputed to these sites, cleared these trees and branches.
Standing water created traffic jam at the over bridge on Nagarbavi ring road and ring road at Domlur. After the BBMP staff arrived and made arrangement for the water to flow out smoothly, traffic resumed speed.
The city had been experiencing highest temperature of 36 to 37 degrees sine some days. The rain brought down temperature by an average of one decree Celsius. The meteorological department has predicted rain to occur in the city during the next two days too.