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Strong wind causes many tress to fall in Bengaluru

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Bengaluru: Gusts of wind and a strong spell of rain saw trees fall in numerous places across the city. As the pre-monsoon clouds enveloped the city, at least 15 trees were uprooted or major branches were reported to have fallen, said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) control room authorities. Indiranagar, Koramangala, Electronics City and Whitefield areas reported severe damage and flooding.

At least eight trees were reported fallen in Jayanagar, J.P. Nagar, and Koramanagala. Three trees were reported fallen in Shanthinagar, HAL II Stage, and Tannery Road where a tree was struck by lightning. The short spell of rain also saw flooding on Intermediate Ring Road in Koramangala and Domlur.

The busy Bengaluru–Mysuru highway saw huge traffic disruptions after a couple of large trees fell on the outskirts of Ramanagaram. The gridlock stretched for kilometres as the road saw heavy vehicular movement.

Power supply was disrupted in numerous parts of the city as more than 24 electricity poles were reported fallen and broken. The worst of this was in Koramangala where 10 poles were broken, affecting power supply in the area and Austin Town, where Bangalore Electric Supply Company (Bescom) officials struggled to restore power supply. Four poles were reported fallen in Cambridge Layout, Electronics City Phase II, and HSR Layout each. Bommanahalli recorded the highest intensity of rainfall, at over 88 mm per hour.

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