In anticipation of heavy rains, both the Dakshina Kannada and Udupi district administrations declared Tuesday a public holiday for anganwadis, schools and colleges, and extended it to Wednesday. The KSNMDC has issued a red alert for Wednesday and an orange alert for the next three days.
According to KSNMDC, two places in Dakshina Kannada received heavy rains. While Talapady in Mangaluru taluk received 238mm of rain, Naringana in Bantwal taluk received 231mm of rain.
All Dakshina Kannada taluks received 50% to 70% excess rain over the average rainfall recorded for the day. Dakshina Kannada district received an average rain of 64mm, Udupi received 82mm of rain and Uttara Kannada district received 52mm of rain in the last 24 hours.
After rain on Tuesday, many areas were inundated due to artificial flooding, especially the Kallapu area on the Mumbai-Kochi trunk road. Mangaluru MLA UT Khader who visited said NHAI while widening the road failed to provide proper drainage facility for rainwater which caused the flooding . He asked the district administration to fix the problem.
Inside the city, the homes of Claudia Lobo and Jerald Lobo in Bajjodi were badly damaged, after a small dyke built to prevent rainwater from entering their premises collapsed, flooding their homes. Residents of both houses barely managed to save the essentials, as the incident happened at 4 a.m.
There was also a report of a landslide which blocked roads in Vittla, in the border area of the district, cutting off road connectivity with Kerala.
Heavy traffic has been restricted on the NH-169 from Mangaluru to Moodbidri, after waterlogging caused cracks on one side of the road at Vanabojana, near Gurupur, about 12 km from here. National road officials have rushed to the scene and are inspecting the site to assess the damage and determine if the road is worthy of traffic for buses and other large vehicles. From now on, heavy traffic is diverted via available routes. A tree was uprooted on the Lalbagh-Ladyhill road which affected traffic for some time until it was removed by firefighters.
Even in Udupi district, heavy rains caused flooding in low-lying areas. According to the IMD, 12 stations along the coast received very heavy rain and another 10 received heavy rain as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Two flights were diverted and three others were delayed due to poor visibility at Mangaluru International Airport. The Dubai Mangaluru Air India Express flight which was due to arrive at 4.40am has been diverted to Bangalore. He arrived later at 9am. The Dammam-Mangaluru AIE flight, which was due to land at 5 a.m., was diverted to Bangalore. He arrived later at 3 p.m. The Bahrain, Kannur, Mangaluru AIE flight, scheduled to arrive at 7:00 p.m., will arrive at 11:00 p.m., and the Mangaluru-Dubai AIE flight, scheduled to leave at 6:45 a.m., has been delayed. He left at 4:20 p.m. The Kannur flight to Dubai via Mangaluru is scheduled to arrive at 22:50, compared to the scheduled arrival time of 19:10, and has been rescheduled to depart as IX 813 to Dubai at 23:40, compared to the standard departure time from 7:55 p.m.