News Flash – 18 May 2019

National News



Heavy rain and gusty winds bring down 22 trees; house damaged in KR Puram


Bengaluru: Heavy rain, accompanied by hailstorm, thunderstorm and gusty winds, lashed the city on Friday afternoon, leaving behind a trail of havoc. As the bursts of downpour continued into the evening, 22 trees were uprooted and one of them damaged a house partially. Waterlogged roads reduced traffic to a crawl on most arterial roads in Bengaluru. The sunny forenoon turned into an overcast sky and the afternoon resembled late evening when it began to pour. By 2.30pm, there were reports of hailstorm in Jayanagar, Sadashivnagar, Rajarajeshwarinagar and Indiranagar. Kavitha Krishna, a resident of Jayanagar, said she has stepped out to buy vegetables when it suddenly started to rain and small hailstones hit her. “Initially, I thought someone was throwing something at me in the rain, until I saw white pearl-shaped stones on the footpath,” Kavitha said.



Some residents in Rajarajeshwarinagar stepped out and began collecting the hailstones. “I could hear sounds on my windowsill and my son rushed out to see the hailstones. We kept a small tumbler outside and collected them,” said Murali S, a resident of RR Nagar. The first burst of rain subsided within minutes, but spells returned as the day wore on. Around 3.30pm, a 20-foot-tall Ashoka tree fell on a house at Vinayak Nagar in Devasandra, KR Puram. Chandra Ganai, who had moved to the rented house with his family a month ago, said the tree fell on the terrace and compound wall of the house besides damaging the electric pole and disrupting power supply on the entire street. “We called BBMP and Bescom officials, but they failed to turn up,” added Ganai. Tree falls were also reported in Jayanagar, Mahadevapura, Kengeri and Hemmigepura among other areas. A tree landed on a car near Jayanagar Metro station but no one was injured.



Landslide near Manali leaves 2,000 tourists stranded

BRO cranes restore road by removing snow from Manali-Leh road.



Manali: Over 2,000 tourists have been stranded in bone-chilling cold between Marhi and Chodah-Mor below Rohtang pass after a landslide blocked the highway at Chodah-Mor on Friday. A total of 1,115 vehicles with nearly 4,000 tourists left Manali for Marhi, 34km from here, on Friday morning. As Rohtang pass is yet to be opened, tourists are only allowed to go till Marhi. Some vehicles got stranded after rain and snowfall caused a landslide. The snow in the region is melting fast and the water flowing down the hillsides is triggering many landslides here. The landslide has also damaged a stretch of the road. According to sources, nearly 2,000 tourists in over 500 vehicles got stranded by 8pm. As all Border Roads Organisation machines are engaged in snow clearance beyond Rohtang pass, the local administration is struggling to arrange an earth mover machine to clear the highway. Even the PWD could not arrange a JCB. The officials then had to request Gawar Construction Ltd, a firm building Kullu-Manali highway, to send their JCB to the spot. Some tourists, who had hired local taxis, meanwhile started to climb down to Gulaba on foot. But most had no choice other than staying in their private cars or taxis as no other vehicle was available in the area to return to Manali.

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