It’s Still Raining Cats & Dogs! Red Alert Sounded for DK/Mangaluru TODAY
Mangaluru: The saying, “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” meaning to describe that it is raining heavily- and that’s what is happening in Dakshina Kannada, including Mangaluru. Heavy rains are still seen in the Coastal region as of this morning ( 5 August), and yesterday, the City also experienced heavy rainfall, with gusty winds throwing normal life out of gear with widespread power outages due to tree fall and minor landslides in many areas of the coast. Meanwhile, Indian Meteorological Department has sounded a red alert for Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts 8:30 am of 5 August. Mescom crew had a hectic time yesterday, after electric wires were snapped due to fallen trees and branches. Mescom had to attend to 148 electric poles, 23 transformers and 65 kilometer conductor wires, due to poles being damaged in tree fall and landslides, in Mangaluru and Udupi district.
Sources reveal, in the Coastal region, Uttara Kannada received the highest amount of rainfall at 91mm, followed by Udupi at 75 and DK at 73mm. The highest Rainfall of 241 mm was recorded at Castlerock, Supa Taluk in Uttara Kannada District. Until Tuesday, Dakshina Kannada District had received an average of 73 mm of rainfall, with Sullia and Belthangady taluks receiving the highest rainfall at 95 mm and 93 mm respectively. Meanwhile, Puttur, Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks received 73mm, 40mm and 64mm of rainfall respectively.
As per the weather man (Meteorological dept) report there would be widespread moderate to heavy rains associated with strong surface winds at times and isolated very heavy to extreme heavy rains was likely over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts on Wednesday, 5 August. The report also stated that on 5 August, wind speeds ranging between 50 kmph to 60 kmph was forecast along the coast of Karnataka from Mangaluru to Karwar, warning fishermen not to venture into the sea.
Fallen trees were also seen in Mangaluru city, disrupting power supply in those areas. Four electricity poles were damaged after a tree fell on Boloor Jarandaya road due to rain and heavy winds. In the outskirts of the City, Neermarga too, there were a couple of tree falls in the morning cutting off power supply, which was restored after quite a few hours. It is learnt that Traffic was affected on Charmadi Ghat on the Mangaluru-Chikkamagaluru route due to a tree fall on the second hair pin bend. Due to landslides near Kottigehara, Chikkamagaluru District, left traffic badly affected, on Monday. Due to the non-stop heavy rains, locals fear even though the road has been cleared, chances are there could be more landslides, like they have seen in the past.