rain and flooding in Bangalore

#1 Sep 26th, 2010, 00:26
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I just read in the TOI that Bangalore had 106mm (4 inches) of rain in half an hour yesterday

Sounds like there's been some serious flooding...

Anyone here affected? How do you cope? Do people buy flood insurance in India? Delhi and Uttarakhand have had it much worse of course.
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There might be localised flooding in the low lying areas and on Roads, nothing drastic that will get into peoples homes etc. Dont worry.
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It would have rained for 2 hours. Flooded some streets, some homes, thrown traffic out of gear etc and in another two hours things would have gone back to normal. Its not the rain that caused the most damage, its the lack of proper storm water drains, that do us in.

I have sisters and cousins in bangalore, and spoke to them. They didnt ven mention it.

So not much to worry.
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Come to think about it, I was on way to home during the rains. But apart from getting badly drenched, I did not see any flooding, at least in the places I live. Some low lying areas might have been submerged as usual.

Flooding would be a problem for rural areas near to rivers, but not in Bangalore. As Narendra mentioned above, once the rain stops, its only the water drains which are blocking the water. I do not think anybody buys flood insurance, at least in cities.

Also, contrary to popular belief, in my opinion, drainage systems have improve quite a bit in Bangalore. There used to be a time when a half an hour strong rain would bring the city to standstill.
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Very interesting, thanks.

So your casual responses suggest that you don't think this was anything out of the ordinary, even though the papers say people died and that the rain that fell in an evening was (reportedly) equivalent to normal rainfall for the whole month.

Or perhaps you don't really give much credence to the news reports?

Being from a country which doesn't have monsoons (although we've started to have some proper flooding in recent years), I'm very interested to see how you weigh up the impact of these kind of events.
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Originally Posted by mungbean View Post Very interesting, thanks.
So your casual responses suggest that you don't think this was anything out of the ordinary, even though the papers say people died and that the rain that fell in an evening was (reportedly) equivalent to normal rainfall for the whole month.

Or perhaps you don't really give much credence to the news reports?

Being from a country which doesn't have monsoons (although we've started to have some proper flooding in recent years), I'm very interested to see how you weigh up the impact of these kind of events.
The response was anything but casual. You seemed to be alarmed at the news reports. For a person hearing about flooding, deaths and traffic chaos this would be normal. India gets most of its annual rainfall over the 4 monsoon months over a period of about 100 hours. Some of these hours are heavy rain. In a normal situation the water should have drained away and caused no trouble. But flooding is caused in many low lying areas that used to be either tanks (ponds)earlier, many water flow channels that would have drained water might have been blocked by greedy real estate and other reasons, people would have constructed homes where they shouldn't have in the first place illegally.
Some are just simply poor planning and implementation.

Deaths have happened because of the heavy rain, but mostly Old dilapidated homes are the cause, or again being in a place where you should not be, like having a house built illegally over a channel that carries water.

As the previous poster mentioned out of personal experience the water recedes as quickly as it came.

I am sure you to will face the monsoon next year, but other than getting delayed or stuck in a water logged road for a short period, nothing major.
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There are BDA approved areas/buildings (so, "legal") that get routinely flooded. I know of apartment complexes that have their lowest floors/basements flooded often. In some cases the water takes days to recede. All these in a city situated much above sea level!
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If you have money to pay under the table or know enough people in high places, you can get anything legalised.
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post There are BDA approved areas/buildings (so, "legal") that get routinely flooded. I know of apartment complexes that have their lowest floors/basements flooded often. In some cases the water takes days to recede. All these in a city situated much above sea level!
Yes, that happens in one of my friends place. But as said it mainly happens in the low lying areas without good drainages, not everywhere.

I know Kaggadasapura used to turn into a pond after rains earlier, but I hear the situation has improved there nowadays. No doubt there will be many other places like that.

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