Mangaluru, Aug 06, 2020: The Red Alert issued for three coastal districts of Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada continued on Wednesday with the region receiving heavy to moderate rainfall, with gusty winds like on Tuesday affecting normal life. Widespread power outages continued due to tree fall on Tuesday night in many areas of the coast.
In the coast, Uttara Kannada received the highest rainfall at 100mm, followed by Dakshina Kannada at 76mm and Udupi at 63mm. The highest rainfall in the state was recorded at two places in Supa taluk of Uttara Kannada - at Castlerock (314 mm) and 276 mm at Ramanagar.
The rainfall Uttara Kannada district received in the last 24 hours was 279% more than the average rainfall that the district recorded for the day. Similarly, Udupi received 51% excess rainfall and for DK, it was 123% more than the average recorded for the day.
In the last 24 hours till 830am on Wednesday, Dakshina Kannada received an average rainfall of 88mm, with Belthangady taluk receiving the highest at 123mm. The next was Puttur with 97mm. Sullia, Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks received 89mm, 51mm and 78mm of rainfall respectively.
The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre bulletin said high waves in the range of 3.5 - 6.1 metres were forecast till 11.30pm of Thursday along the coast from Mangaluru to Karwar. Strong wind with speeds reaching 50-60 kmph was also likely to prevail along and off Karnataka coast; the bulletin stated warning fishermen not to venture into the sea. Widespread moderate to heavy rains associated with strong surface winds and scattered very heavy to extremely heavy rains has been forecast over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts.
Mescom, that bore the brunt of the rains in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday, was striving to restore power in many areas and fix new electric poles that were damaged in tree fall. But Wednesday also saw as many as 128 poles being damaged in Dakshina Kannada alone.
Power outages on Tuesday evening in many areas of Mangaluru was restored at 2am on Wednesday. Kumaradhara Bathing Ghat at Kukke Subrahmanya, which was under water from Tuesday continued so on Wednesday. But traffic was not affected as among the old submersible bridges, three of them have been replaced with new bridges well above the waterline.
Courtesy:Times of India