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Sep 25, 2010 at 11:24am IST

Rains bring Bangalore to a halt; kill 17 in J&K

Bangalore/Rajouri: A heavy downpour brought life to a standstill in Bangalore on Friday and claimed the lives of 17 people at Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir.

Massive traffic jams and waterlogging was reported in various parts of Bangalore, which just can’t handle the heavy rains. The infrastructure is pathetic and the government is just not doing anything.

Bangaloreans were frustrated after being stuck in traffic and rain for nearly four hours on Friday. India's Silicon Valley just couldn't handle the torrential rains that battered the city on Friday evening.

Roads were submerged and people who were on their way home were stuck in traffic. Several areas like Ejipura, Chamrajpet, JC Nagar, Vittal Mallya road, Koramangala were waterlogged.

“There is not even a single cop here to sort the traffic jam, where are they? This is like the CWG mess in Delhi,” said a motorist.

Even the road leading to the Raj Bhawan was closed after trees were uprooted in the rains. Major bus stands like these on Double Road were submerged.

Bangaloreans who were planning to leave the city for the weekend were stranded. To make the situation worse, even traffic helplines were jammed.

“The infrastructure in the city is so bad, so many crores are being spent but nothing is being done. The BBMP and the government just don't care, that's the problem,” said another local.

The state government had recently promised to fill the coffers of the civic corporation for the development of Bangalore. But the fact remains that 149 millimetres of rain in one evening is enough to paralyse the city.

Rain wrecked havoc in J&K as well as 17 people were killed and hundreds of houses destroyed following heavy rain in Rajouri.

People were driven out of their homes by floodwaters and many were seen wading through knee-deep water carrying their belongings. Hundreds of acres of agricultural land and several road links have also been affected. Some locals alleged the administration has not been proactive and given them relief.