Many parts of Bengaluru saw heavy downpours on Tuesday, May 17, with many roads waterlogged. Commuters were seen stuck as vehicles were unable to move forward in knee-deep water in some areas. Heavy rain continued for a few hours in the city on Tuesday evening. Several areas witnessed traffic congestion. The rains are expected to continue on May 18, with the IMD forecast saying that thunderstorms and lightning with light to moderate rain are likely on Wednesday morning.
Many videos were shared on social media of Tuesday’s rain, with citizens complaining of waterlogging. Various areas across the city were affected, including Mysore Road, Magadi Road, Kengeri, Nagarbhavi, Sultanpet, Old Tharagupet, Chickpet, Kalyananagar, Shanti Nagar, MG Road, Sivanchetti Gardens, JP Nagar, Jayanagar, Majestic, Yeshwantpur, and Silk Board Junction. Horamavu registered the highest rainfall of 155 mm, followed by Yelahanka (129 mm) and Vidyapeetha (127 mm). Rajmahal (122 mm), Nagapura (120 mm), Sampanginagar (119 mm), Dasarahalli (110 mm), Vidyaranyapura (109 mm), Doddanekkundi (108 mm), Banaswadi (106 mm) and Jakkur (102 mm) also registered rainfall above 100 mm.
IMD considers rainfall between 64.5 mm and 115.5 mm as heavy, and between 115.6 and 204.4 mm as very heavy. Many other parts of the city also witnessed rainfall of over 50 mm.
On May 18, rainfall is expected in Bengaluru (Urban) and Bengaluru (Rural), as well as other parts of Karnataka, including Koppal, Raichur, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Ballari, Chamarajanagara, Chikkaballapur, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Davanagere, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Mandya, Mysuru, Ramanagara, Shivamogga, and Tumakuru, according to IMD Bengaluru.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday, May 17, predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over Kerala and Karnataka, and the northeastern states of Assam, Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh over the next three days. The IMD attributed the rains to strong southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal to northeast India and adjoining east India and an east-west trough from northwest Rajasthan to west Assam at lower tropospheric levels.
On Tuesday, between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm, rainfall and thundershowers were observed at most places over Kerala and Mahe and Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, and many places over Assam and Meghalaya; at a few places over Jammu & Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry & Karaikal; and at isolated places over West Bengal, Sikkim, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh.
At many places over north interior Karnataka, at a few places over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, west Rajasthan, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, and Meghalaya. The IMD has further predicted that fairly widespread light/moderate rainfall is likely to continue over northeast India, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Scattered to fairly widespread rainfall is likely over Bihar, Gangetic West Bengal, south Peninsular India and the Western Himalayan Region, while for the rest of the country, it would be dry weather.