Written byPallabi Chatterjee
A flood alert has been issued for Bengaluru's low-lying areas, even as heavy rains continue to lash the city.
The 24-hour alert issued by Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) said five of city's eight zones are prone to flooding.
The Karnataka capital has already received 35% of its annual rainfall, just through pre-monsoon showers.
Southwest Monsoon is predicted to hit Bengaluru soon.
Rajarajeshwari Nagar, East, South, Mahadevapura and Bommanahalli zones "are expected to get severe inundation," said the KSNDMC press release.
West Zone and Dasanapura might have some vulnerable areas reporting moderate flooding, the report added.
Subha Avinash, Project Scientist (Hydrology), KSNDMC, said Bengaluru may get moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the day.
This situation will continue till June 9, said officials.
On Saturday, normal life was thrown out of gear as 19mm of rain impounded the city.
Sarjapur Road, Hosur Road, Mysuru Road and Ballari Road saw heavy traffic bottlenecks, with BESCOM receiving complaints of 43 electric-poles and 37 trees falling, which snapped off power supply.
The torrential rains also killed a 25-year-old laborer and injured three others, when a wall collapsed at ITI Layout.
Yesterday too, six people, including four children, died in rain-related incidents.
Three boys, all under 15-years, drowned in an overflowing lake in Shivamogga district, where they had gone for a swim around 1PM.
In the same district, a woman and her daughter were washed away in Tunga River.
Deaths were also reported from South Interior Karnataka, which includes Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu.
Towards the end of last month, normal life was heavily affected when heavy pre-monsoon rains hit low-lying areas of coastal parts of Karnataka, namely Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.
Traffic services remained affected in flooded streets of Mangaluru and other cities. One casualty was reported.
The rains stopped the flood water from flowing into the nearby Arabian Sea, worsening matters.
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