Bengaluru: Eighty trees were uprooted and the entire city was flooded after torrential rains lashed the city on Friday night. But till late on Saturday night, the residents of Jayanagar 2nd Block, which bore the brunt of the rain fury, continued to suffer as the BBMP zonal office seemed hamstrung and had failed to clear the roads of fallen trees and broken branches.
Mr Narayan, a resident of Jayanagar 2nd Block, said that he had a narrow escape after a tree fell on the compound wall of his house. “I just left with my family in a car when a huge tree on the footpath fell on the boundary wall of our house. We are alive by the grace of God,” he said.
Mr Narayan pointed to another tree in his neighbourhood whose roots have been damaged and he warned that that tree too would come down during the next storm.
Residents said that over 50 trees had uprooted after the heavy storm. “Officials visited our area, but no worker turned up to remove the fallen trees,” they complained.
“I went and complained at the BBMP office, but they shrugged it off, saying they don't have the manpower for two days and the trees could be removed,” said Mr Yogi Gowda.
At Anugraha Layout, one of the worst affected areas, water has been pumped out of the streets, but several stretches are still waterlogged. With pothole ridden and flooded streets, the traffic here was moving at a very slow pace.
A watchman at a private residential building said, “After every shower, water from the road enters the house basement. It is a huge inconvenience for us. The government must improve the drainage system.”...