Tuesday, January 25

Floods in southern India: Bangalore underwater

The Indian tech city Bangalore was the victim of spectacular flooding on Tuesday after several episodes of torrential rains that fell in the south of the country killing dozens since October.

Lakes in the capital of Karnataka overflowed after three days of heavy rains, submerging roads and homes.

Rescuers were deployed aboard inflatable boats to rescue residents in danger, as buses and scooters sliced ​​through the waters covering the roadway across the city.

“We cannot enter our home, the water is stagnant in front of our house,” Rathnamma, a resident of Bangalore, told AFP. “All our food is in there and we have been stranded outside the house since last night,” she added.

According to experts, unpredictable and extreme weather conditions across South Asia are due to climate change, exacerbated by dam construction, deforestation and excessive development.

In recent days, at least 30 people have lost their lives in flash flooding in southern India, according to local press.

Last month, 42 more people died in heavy rains that fell on the coastal state of Kerala, prompting authorities to suspend the annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala, one of the holiest shrines of Hinduism.

Heavy rains also hit the city of Chennai, ancient Madras, in early November, inundating most of the major arteries and uprooting trees.


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