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Bengaluru rains: Roads to airport flooded, passengers take tractor to catch flights

The airport area received 178.3 mm rain on Monday night according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). The airport authorities say that since the operations of the airport began, this is the first time it has seen such unprecedented rain on a single day.

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |
Updated: October 12, 2021 4:23:17 pm
The airport area received 178.3 mm rain on Monday night according to India Meteorological Department (IMD).

As roads leading to Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) were waterlogged due to the heavy rains across the city on Monday night, cabs and private vehicles were stranded forcing some passengers to depend on alternative modes of transport. In a video shared on social media, a tractor was seen ferrying passengers to the airport as taxis refused to drive through flooding waters.

According to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), 20 departing flights between 5.30 pm and 11.59 pm were delayed due to weather conditions and low visibility. “Flights have resumed normal operations since then,” a BIAL spokesperson told The Indian Express.

The airport area received 178.3 mm rain on Monday night according to India Meteorological Department (IMD). The airport authorities say that since the operations of the airport began, this is the first time it has seen such unprecedented rain on a single day.

 

“A very heavy downpour of unprecedented rain on the evening of Monday caused waterlogging in parts of the Kerb side of Kempegowda International Airport. Since its start of operations in 2008, the airport has not seen such unprecedented rain on a single day,” said the spokesperson.

“Though the drainage system in the Kerb area is working well, the sudden high-intensity rain caused waterlogging for a short duration. Our team was immediately pressed into action and the issue has been resolved. There was waterlogging at one of the junctions and our traffic staff were present to re-direct traffic,” the spokesperson added.

The Bengaluru airport police along with teams from the BIAL were on duty diverting the vehicles and making alternative arrangements for the stranded passengers.

 

DCP Bengaluru North East Division, CK Baba, said: “Water inundated the taxi lanes and disrupted service at the airport. Now all the roads are clear for traffic.”

Bengaluru has been witnessing heavy rainfall, causing flood-like situations across the city for the last few days. The rain is likely to continue till October 15 as the IMD has issued a yellow alert in the city. The IMD has predicted heavy rain, thunderstorms and lightning for Tuesday too.

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