The Cyclone Mekunu hit coastal parts of Karnataka, heavy downpour lashed Mangaluru and its surrounding areas. Since Sunday, continuous rain has inundated low lying areas and has thrown life out of gear in the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. School are closed today and fisherman have been advised not to venture out to sea. As heavy rain pounded Coastal Karnataka, water entered factories and buildings, caused street clogging and clocked the vehicular traffic.
The Home Minister has reviewed the situation and has rushed additional teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to assist the local administration in rescue efforts.
Residents in Mangaluru said that it was an “unforeseen rainfall” and that such a situation was not witnessed in the area in the past few decades.
Sources said, that rainwater also flooded the Padil underbridge, where many vehicles are still stuck. At Pumpwell a house under construction collapsed and Kuthar junction was surrounded by water. Bantwal and Mangluru taluks were the most affected, while rainfall was scarce in Puttur, Sullia, and Belthangady taluks in the district.
On Tuesday Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy took stock of the situation and directed the Deputy Commissioner to take assistance from the Coast Guard to rescue people if such situation arises.
On twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi also ensured assistance to people in Karnataka. He wrote,”I pray for the safety and well-being of all those affected by heavy rains in various parts of Karnataka. have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas”.