Karnataka: Heavy rains lash coast; one dies in wall collapse | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: The coast on Saturday received widespread moderate to heavy rains over Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts under the influence of the cyclonic circulation over Telangana. One life was lost and another person is in a critical condition in two separate rain related accidents.
The IMD declared a red alert for the Coast for the next two days till Monday. Though the continuous downpour in the city since Friday night did not see any areas being inundated line last week, it resulted in a death when the compound wall of a school at Kulur came down on the victim, on Saturday. The deceased, a daily wage earner, has been identified as Umesh, 38, a resident of Neermarga. The victim, who was working near the school compound along with two others, was buried under the debris when the wall caved in on him. Police suspect the wall was weakened due to the rains, and may have collapsed as the victim was working near it doing some earth work. Two others, who were along with the victim, sustained minor injuries. In another incident, a woman received grievous injuries after the house compound wall collapsed on her at Naygara Lane, Bikarnakatte. The victim, identified as Chandrakala Shetty, is in a critical condition. She is being treated in a private hospital in the city.
The rain was such that two locations in Dakshina Kannada District recorded the highest rainfall in the state in the last 24 hours. They are: Surathkal with 109.5 mm of rainfall and Kemral with 105.5 mm of rainfall.
KSNMDC warned fishermen not to venture into the sea warning of strong winds with speed reaching 45-55 kmph were likely to prevail along and off Karnataka Coast for the next two days. In the last 24 hours till Saturday 8.30am, the DK District received an average of 42 mm of rainfall, with Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks receiving the highest at 71 and 48mm respectively. The least was in Puttur at 27 mm. The heavy rains were bereft of any squally winds, thunder and lightning.

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