Several coastal districts of Karnataka received heavy rains in the last 24 hours throwing normal life out of gear. Road traffic was affected due to water logging in several districts including the capital city Bengaluru. Authorities had to use boats to rescue people stranded in flood-like situation in low-lying areas Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. Reports say a woman was killed in a wall collapse incident in Mangaluru.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a tour to Indonesia, has assured of all help and directed authorities in this regard.
"I pray for the safety and wellbeing of all those affected by heavy rains in various parts of Karnataka. Have spoken to officials and asked them to ensure all possible assistance in the affected areas," PM Modi said in a tweet.
Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy also took stock of the situation in Dakshina Kannada due to heavy downpour.
Additional teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been rushed in to the affected regions by the Home Ministry to assist the local administration in handling rescue and relief operations.
Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have been asked to remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday in view of the unprecedented rains.
Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks were the most affected, while rainfall was scarce in Puttur, Sullia, and Belthangady aluks in the district, the sources said.
In Udupi, a huge banyan tree was uprooted and fell on the road at Udyavar, blocking vehicular traffic. Many electric poles and hoardings also fell on the ground.
About 130 buildings, including houses, were partially or fully damaged in the rains in the last two days in Udupi district, district administration sources said.
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(With inputs from agencies)