Bengaluru Floods: Big Indian cities crumble under nature’s wrath

    Bengaluru Floods is a lesson and a wake up call to even the best cities, to better prepare for nature’s calamities. The best city like Bengaluru continues to be devastated by the rain water flooding, loss of lives, loss of properties, and the heavy burden that has been bestowed on startup, companies and their employees.

    While Water has started receding from several areas of Bengaluru, but residents and IT hubs continue to worry over the weather department’s warnings of more rain.

    Unacademy founder and CEO Gaurav Munjal took to Twitter on Tuesday (August 6) to share how his family was being evacuated on a tractor after heavy rains submerged several localities and apartment societies in Bengaluru.

    The waterlogging led to power cuts and disrupted water supplies in several areas of the city. Borewells are being used to fill the supply gap in affected areas. In other localities, tankers deployed by the state government are at work.

    Bengaluru Floods a warning to cities to better prepare to deal with nature’s calamities

    “Family and my Pet Albus has been evacuated on a Tractor from our society that’s now submerged. Things are bad. Please take care,” his post on the social media platform read.

    Arjun Mohan, CEO of upGrad, told a publication on Monday (August 5) that he had to take a tractor to reach his office while the Bellandur area in south Bengaluru looked like an island.

    While Bengalureans almost always take pride in the soothing climatic conditions of the city, the current situation is quite the opposite, with people across the city, including startup founders, employees, and IT professionals, complaining about poor infrastructure.

    A 23-year-old woman died of electrocution during the waterlogging in the city. Akhila, who worked in a school’s administration department, was returning home when her scooter skidded. She tried to grab an electric pole to avoid a fall and received an electric shock.

    Bengaluru has been devastated by the heavy downpour and are finding no respite – acroos streets, commercial and residential areas. The Outer Ring Road Companies Association, which represents startups and corporate businesses with a combined revenue of $22 Bn and employing over 10 Lakh people, wrote to Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai last week complaining about the difficulties being faced due to rains and water logging.

    Flooding in the area on August 30 led to a loss of about INR 225 Cr as staff were stuck on the road for over five hours, it said.

    “Even though only 30% of ORR (Outer Ring Road) population has returned to working from office, the collapse of the infrastructure has drawn global concern on the city of Bengaluru’s ability to handle further growth,” the association’s letter to the CM said.

    Ishaan Mittal, managing director of venture capital (VC) firm Sequoia Capital, also took to Twitter on Tuesday to share his unpleasant experience.

    Bengaluru floods cause turmoil in businesses, corporations, and workplace life


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