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In pictures: how flood has brought Bangalore to a halt

Floods caused by heavy rainfall continue to ravage Bangalore. Firefighters, medical personnel and police have been working incessantly for the last 20 hours to save life and property.

Flooding of houses and commercial places, trees and walls are falling, and blocking of roads is being reported by the minute on social media. Helplines are flooded with distress calls even with an increase in staff. The city\'s public transport was already crippled with bus drivers striking for better wages. The areas suffering the worst traffic snarls include Old Madras Road, Hosur Road, Outer Ring Road, Bannerghatta Road and Ballari Road.

With waist-deep water filling many areas, residents have been forced to abandon ground floors of their houses and shift to upper floors; some are even waiting to be rescued from rooftops. Boats have been deployed to rescue people out of the worst-affected areas.

In some parts of the city, people caught fish, thrown out of overflowing lakes and reservoirs, from the streets.

The situation is so grim, many residents are wondering if the Garden City will ever be the same.

Vishakh Unnikrishnan @sparksofvishdom

A graduate of the Asian College of Journalism, Vishakh tracks stories on public policy, environment and culture. Previously at Mint, he enjoys bringing in a touch of humour to the darkest of times and hardest of stories. One word self-description: Quipster