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Rain fury in coastal districts throws life out of gear

By PTI Updated: May 29, 2018 9:52 pm
Mangaluru: Vehicles ply at a waterlogged road after a thunderstorm, in Mangaluru on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (PTI Photo) 

Mangaluru, May 29 (PTI): Heavy downpour lashed the twin coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi for the third day today, inundating low-lying areas and flooding roads, disrupting traffic and throwing life out of gear.
The Home Ministry said it has reviewed the situation in Managalore and is rushing additional teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) to to assist the local administration in handling rescue and relief operations. Official sources here said Mangaluru city witnessed ‘unforseen’ rainfall,flooding roads,damaging shops and houses.
A holiday had been declared for educational institutions in DK and Udupi today and tomorrow by Deputy Commissioners of both districts.
Boats had to be used to ferry stranded people, including school children at Alake in Kudroli area in the city, which was almost submerged, the sources said. Water entered several factories in Baikampady industrial area in the flood caused by heavy rains, resulting in huge losses.
Factory owners said such a situation had not been witnessed in the last few decades.
The heavy rains flooded most parts of the city, leaving commuters stranded at many places. Arterial roads saw traffic snarls since morning.
The site for construction of a flyover at Pumpwell circle and Thokkottu area were flooded, badly affecting traffic.
A house under construction collapsed at Pumpwell and Kuthar junction was surrounded by water.
People in several areas could not come out of their homes fearing rain water would come inside. Inundated areas include Kottara Chowki, PVS circle, Adyar, Yekkuru and Kodiyalguthu in and around the city.
About 130 buildings, including houses, were partially or fully damaged in the rains in the last two days in Udupi district, district administration sources said.
The total loss was estimated at INR 51.37 lakh.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today took stock of the situation in Dakshina Kannada due to heavy downpour from Deputy Commissioner.
Meanwhile Meteorological department sources said the monsoon had set over Kerala today and had not arrived in Karnataka till now.

By PTI Updated: May 29, 2018 9:52:38 pm