Mangaluru , Oct 19 2019: Unusual heavy down pour lashed Mangaluru city and surrounding areas on October 18, Friday after noon for over two hours, inundating many low-lying areas in flash floods and caused chaos on main roads inconveniencing motorists and pedestrians to a large extent.
It was pathetic to note pedestrians and commuters were caught unawares by the downpour and trying to take shelter where ever possible and in shops, buildings and so on.
The ongoing work in progress caused the approach and parking area in front of the Mangaluru Central Railway Station to badly flooded again for the third time in this season.
Flash flooding caused the passengers to struggle to reach the auto stand and parking areas. Clogged drains resulted in artificial floods on K S Rao Road, bus stop at Ambedkar Circle (Jyothi), Kodialguthu, Valencia, Kankanady and surrounding areas.
As many as six houses in Hoige Bazar area were inundated due to flash floods. Resident of a flooded house in Hoige Bazar, informed that the narrow stormwater drain in the area causes artificial flood in the low-lying area.
A house at Khandige Nagamoole in Pavoor was damaged due to heavy rain on October 17, Thursday night.
All the inmates of the house, had a miraculous escape when the roof of the house collapsed.
Heavy rain forecast : The IMD and Karnataka State Natural Calamity Monitoring Centre has sounded ‘Orange’ alert in Dakshina Kannada district on October 19, following low pressure in Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep area.
Heavy rainfall, ranging from 64.5 mm to 115.5 mm, is likely to lash the region.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea for fishing. In the past 24 hours (ending at 8 am on Friday), the district has received an average of 39.3 mm rainfall.
Puttur has received highest rainfall of 48.3 mm followed by Mangaluru—42.7 mm and Bantwal—40.7 mm.