India – 3 Dead, Hundreds Rescued After Record Rainfall in Karnataka

Flooding in Mangaluru (Mangalore), India, 29 May 2018. Photo: City of Mangalore


Record rainfall in the Indian state of Karnataka has caused flooding in the city of Mangaluru as well as areas of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

Local observers said that Panambur in Mangaluru recorded 334 mm of rain to early 30 May, 2018, breaking the previous high of 330.8 mm set in 1982. Mangaluru Airport recorded 284 mm during the same period, also breaking a previous high. Normal rainfall in the month of May for Mangaluru is 168.6 mm.

Roads around the city of Mangaluru were inundated, bringing traffic to a standstill and damaging homes and businesses. Many people were left trapped in their homes or vehicles. Emergency teams from Mangaluru fire service saiid they rescued over 500 people from the flooding in Mangaluru. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Civil Defence and other teams were also drafted in to provide rescue services in affected areas.

Local media reported that at least 3 people have died in the severe weather. One person died in Karkala, Udupi district, after being struck by lightning, and another died after a wall collapsed in the flooding in Mangaluru. The third victim was swept away by flood water near Padubidri.

Flooding in Mangaluru (Mangalore), India, 29 May 2018. Photo: City of Mangalore
Flood rescue in Karnataka, India 29 May 2018. Photo: Mangaluru Fire Department
Rainfall in Karnataka, India 29 May 2018. Image: Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre

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