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Rains Unleash Fury, Fallen Bangalore Trees Greet May Day

A fallen tree on the road near JP Nagar 2nd Phase underpass.

A fallen tree on the road near JP Nagar 2nd Phase underpass.

The 9.7 mm of rain with a wind speed of 69 kmph uprooted several trees on Thursday evening (April 30) with roads choked with fallen trunks of all over.

The IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium was also called off after 20 overs at 11:36 pm. Both teams will get 1 point each and this is the second game to be washed out.

But some autodrivers were quick to inform their near and dear about the spot from where they can collect wood. The house owners, who studiously guard the trees in the front, were quick to shout them off awaiting the civic body BBMP workers to come collect the fallen trunks.

The duel between wood whiskers and guarding house owners marked the May day in Bangalore on Friday.

The roads are all vivid example of the rain fury that unleashed destruction, which has become normal for vehicle owners, who have learnt the way to circumvent such hurdles to reach their office or destination.

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control room has so far received hundreds of complaints about uprooted trees and wires on roads, blocking traffic in many parts of the city. was flooded with complaints on Thursday as rain coupled with heavy wind knocked down several trees in many parts of the city.

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The BBMP has asked all its zonal commissioners to send ‘prahari’ (emergency) vehicles to clear the uprooted trees to make a way for smooth traffic, while the BBMP forest officials will take up the task of clearing the fallen trees, said officials.

Some of the places where vivid destruction was recorded include the place near Ulsoor lake where two trees fell, one near the Thiruvalluvar statue and the other on Gurudwara Road.The roads around Ulsoor Lake were closed for a few hours.

In Wilson Garden, Shanthinagar, it took few hours until 8.30 pm to clear the roads for traffic.

With 9.7 mm rain on Thursday, the city made a record for April month rainfall at 264 mm rain. The past record was anyway much higher at 329 mm rainfall 14 years ago, said officials.

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