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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru/Udupi (SP/JD)
Mangaluru/Udupi, Oct 13: After experiencing sunny weather for many days, the twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi witnessed intensive rainfall on Tuesday October 12. Most of the places got rainfall on Monday night and again right from Tuesday morning. Some places got continuous rainfall commencing in the afternoon on Tuesday.
The force of the rain reminded one of the early monsoon rains. Because of the unexpected intensity of the rainfall, normal life in the coastal region was thrown out of gear. Puttur, Sullia and Kadaba taluks located at the foot of the Western Ghats also got heavy rainfall. As the higher areas of the Ghat section also are getting rains, rivers, rivulets and streams are overflowing. Excess water gushed into plantations and fields etc inflicting loss on the farmers. In many places, standing paddy plants were flattened due to rains and wind, which has worried the farmers about the prospects of losses they might suffer. Mangaluru city also got heavy downpours. Because of rainwater which got stranded on the highway and other roads, vehicular traffic was thrown out of gear. The density of vehicles increased on roads and a few minor accidents also happened.
The rain is the effect of the surface wind experienced in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. The movement of surface wind increased the process of cloud formation and wind came as the supporting factor. The chances of the atmospheric pressure experiencing a depression in north Andaman are high. All these support the chances of heavy rain. The meteorological department expects rainfall to continue till October 16, and yellow alert has been issued for four days in coastal Karnataka.
Madanthyar in Beltangady taluk experienced 145 mm rainfall on Tuesday which was the highest in Dakshina Kannada district.
Heavy rains lashed Udupi on Tuesday evenings caused much havoc in few parts of the district. The sudden and continuous rains disrupted normal life.
Rains started in the Tuesday evening which continued till late midnight. Few of the low lying areas of Udupi city were affected due to flash floods.
Areas including Sri Krishna Mutt parking, Bailakere and few adjourning areas were affected by flood like situation. Water entered the households creating a worse situation among the peoples in low lying areas.
Few areas of Kalmady, Kodavoor and Moodbubettu were also affected. Water logged roads created much hurdle for the vehicle movement.