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Incessant rains claim two in Bangalore
October 25, 2005 19:40 IST
Last Updated: October 25, 2005 21:56 IST
Incessant rains in the Information Technology hub Bangalore and southern districts of Karnataka continued for the fourth day on Tuesday claiming two lives.
Two persons were washed away near the Silk Board Junction in Bangalore while they were wading through waist deep water, the fire brigade said.
Most of the southern parts of the city, including the posh layouts, were marooned in the heavy downpour.
Frantic calls for help have been pouring in from HSR Layout, Mangammana Palya and adjacent areas, fire brigade added.
The civic authorities were faced with a uphill task to evacuate affected persons to safer places, sources added.
According to the Meteorological Department, incessant rains will continue for the next three days.
IMD Director Anand Koppar told PTI that this October had been the 'wettest' in the history of Bangalore as the city received a record rainfall of 525 mm up to 1400 IST on Tuesday breaking the previous record of 522 mm in 1956.
The heavy downpour also saw the annual rainfall record being surpassed with the state receiving 1,435.3 mm of rain as of Monday compared to the previous highest of 1,432.2 mm recorded in 1998, he said.
Koppar said the city was expected to receive rains off and on till the first week of November, indicating tougher days for its citizens.
Water in several arterial roads of the city was obstructing vehicular movement, police said.