Ranked among the world’s 25 most high-tech cities, Bengaluru is home to the India headquarters of global tech giants like Microsoft, IBM, Infosys, and Wipro. It also hosts nearly 30% of the country’s startups, including posterboys like Flipkart and Ola. Karnataka is the fifth-largest state in India by gross domestic product, accounting for around 7% of the country’s GDP, a big chunk of which comes from its capital Bengaluru.

But almost every other year, rains lead to severe waterlogging, traffic jams, and disruptions in cellphone connectivity and power—besides deaths.

On Oct. 15, Karnataka’s chief minister Siddaramaiah said the city simply could not cope with such a downpour. “During the last 60 days, it has rained on 46 days. The drains and stormwater drains do not have the capacity to withstand so much rain,” he said. As expected, he blamed the previous governments for their failure on the infrastructure front.

His own government, he said, had assigned Rs800 crore ($123.6 million) to build 350 kilometres of drains in the city’s worst-hit areas.

Meanwhile, if it doesn’t stop raining, Bengaluru is in for a catastrophe. According to the IMD, the city currently faces a “unique weather system” wherein the southwest monsoon has extended its stay and the northeast monsoon is expected to arrive soon.

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