- Some schoolchildren went home on inflatable boats in Mangaluru
- Mangaluru residents say muddy water entered several homes
- Udupi in coastal Karnataka also received heavy rainfall
Coastal Karnataka is likely to receive more rain today, the weather office has said.
As heavy rain pounded Mangaluru, 375 kilometres from Bengaluru, and water started stagnating on the streets and entering buildings, some schoolchildren went home on orange inflatable boats escorted by disaster management volunteers in their bright yellow helmets. Shopkeepers downed their shutters amid the downpour. Many vehicles that tried to wade through the water got stuck; the drivers left them and walked on.
The private water forecaster Skymet has predicted that cyclone Mekunu may hit Kerala in a day or two. It has already made landfall in southern Oman and Yemen, carrying winds reaching up to 185 kmph and killing seven people in Yemen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a five-day three-nation tour of ASEAN members, after reaching Jakarta late on Tuesday evening tweeted that he has asked the authorities to ensure all possible help to the affected areas in Karnataka.
Water entered factories at Baikampady industrial area. The factory owners said they could run into big losses. Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks were the worst affected.
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.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 29, 2018