Heavy rain lashed the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in Karnataka, disrupting traffic and severely affecting normal life. With the tide coming in, the water was not able to flow away in canals, which led to flooding. After 6 pm, when the tide went out, the water began to recede, the authorities said. Throughout the day, roads in many parts of Mangaluru and other adjoining cities remained flooded, traffic crawled and children trapped in schools were ferried on boats.
At least two women died as a result of the rain in the region. A 65 year old woman was killed in a wall collapse while a woman in her 80s, who was bedridden appears to have fallen off her bed and drowned in the knee deep water in her house. She was discovered some hours later by relatives.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy assured help to those affected.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently outside the country on a visit to southeast Asia, assured all possible assistance to the state government.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh also reviewed the situation in Mangaluru and other coastal areas in Karnataka.
The Met office said the heavy rain in the coast was due to well-marked low pressure over the south east Arabian Sea off the coast of Karnataka and north Kerala. And also due to the onset of monsoon in Kerala.
Penambur received 275 mm of rainfall and Bajpe received 220mm which is extremely high from morning until 5.30pm. The rain is expected to continue in some places today but less heavily.