Bengaluru was hit hard by rain on Wednesday, inundating many major highways in the east, south and center of the city, including the IT district of Bellandur. Rajmahal Guttahalli, north of the city, received 59 mm of rain, the Meteorological Department reported. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a yellow warning warning that heavy rain is forecast for the next three days.

Pictures taken in low-lying areas showed heavily flooded roads, water pouring into open hatches, flooded parking lots and damaged cars. The rain started around 7:30 pm, the busiest hour of the evening, and office workers were forced to return home and seek shelter in metro stations.

Yellow alert has been issued for Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Belagavi, Haveri, Bagalkot, Kalaburagi, Koppal and Ballari districts.

It took several days for water to drain from the city’s local and international IT startup areas. In nearby settlements, water and electricity networks were cut off, and roads were impassable. Residents of several high-rise residential colonies had to be rescued using tractors.

Office workers have been asked to work from home while schools are closed.

Dramatic videos of flight operations, rescue efforts, flooded homes and highways, submerged expensive cars are affecting social media.

The IT capital has received 1,706 mm of rain since the onset of monsoon, this year’s heaviest rains breaking all previous records. In 2017, 1696 mm of rain fell in the city.

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