Schools Shut in Mangaluru as Heavy Rains Continue to Lash City
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted wishing for the safety of all those affected by the rains in coastal Karnataka.
Schools were shut in Karnataka’s Mangaluru and adjoining districts on 30 May, following days of heavy rains.
The Home Ministry said it has reviewed the situation in Mangaluru and is rushing additional teams of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) to assist the local administration in handling rescue and relief operations.
Official sources told PTI that Mangaluru city witnessed 'unforseen' rainfall, flooding roads, damaging shops and houses.
According to The Hindu, several low-lying areas in Mangaluru faced severe water-logging. The report quotes Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner S Sasikanth Senthil as saying that Mangaluru is a coastal city, and that the high tide in the Arabian sea was preventing the water from draining out.
Boats were used to ferry stranded people, including school children at Alake in Kudroli area in the city, which was almost submerged, sources told PTI. Students of Alake Gujarati school could not get out of the school building on 29 May due to water logging. Fire and rescue service personnel and members of the public extended help to the children who were brought out of the school, sources told PTI
Water also entered a Gurudwara, the Shri Guru Singh Sabha near Maladi Court, in the city. The site for construction of a flyover at Pumpwell circle and Thokkottu area were flooded, badly affecting traffic.
The News Minute reported that the rains had claimed at least two lives. On 27 May, Praveen D’Souza, a resident of Nelyadi village of Puttur, died after being struck by lightning. On the same night, a two-and-a-half-year-old died died after being reportedly struck by lightning at Derebail. A 62-year-old woman, Mohini, of Udaya Nagar at KPT was rushed to the emergency ward after the compound wall of her house collapsed on her.
Adding to this, two fishermen are reportedly missing at sea and are feared dead after their boat was damaged by rough waves in the Arabian Sea, The News Minute report adds.
In Udupi, a huge banyan tree was uprooted and fell on the road at Udyavar, blocking vehicular traffic. Many electric poles and hoardings also fell on the ground. About 130 buildings, including houses, were partially or fully damaged in the rains in the last two days in Udupi district, district administration sources told PTI.
The total loss has been estimated at Rs 51.37 lakh, PTI reports. Inundated areas include Kottara Chowki, PVS circle, Adyar, Yekkuru and Kodiyalguthu in and around the city.
Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met the Deputy Commissioner on 29 May to take stock of the situation in Dakshina Kannada due to the heavy downpour.
He directed the Deputy Commissioner to take assistance from the Coast Guard to rescue people if the need arises. The Chief Minister also instructed him to take necessary precautionary steps to mitigate severe damage and prevent loss of lives, said a press release from CMO.
A Congresss MLA from Mangaluru UT Khader has blamed the failure of Mangaluru city corporation for the heavy rains and floods in the city, reports Firstpost. “In many parts of the city, the storm water drains have been blocked due to the faulty construction and encroachment. They have not been desilted during the summer. I know my own party Congress in is power in Mangalore City Council but this is much beyond politics,” he told the website.
(With inputs from The News Minute and PTI.)
(This is a developing story)
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