Mangaluru/Udupi: The coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada witnessed a heavy rainfall on Saturday. Brimming rivers flooded various places in the two districts, while two died after a compound wall fell on their house at Puttur, near here, early on Saturday morning. Dinghies and boats had to be deployed to shift several families to safer places.
The police said that Parvathi (70) and her grandson Dhanush (11) were sleeping in a room at their house at Hebbarbail when a 15-feet compound wall of their neighbouring house fell on the room around 1.45 am. They died instantly, the police said.
As the rain was heavy since Saturday morning, schools and colleges declared a holiday at Moodabidri, Belthangady, Sullia and Mangaluru. The district administration asked respective school administrations to decide on holidays depending on the situation in their areas.
Traffic between Udupi and Mangaluru was severely affected as the road was flooded at Padubidri, and vehicles had to be diverted through Belman.
With low-lying areas in Shibaroor and Soorinje of Mangaluru taluk being flooded, fire brigade personnel shifted 18 people to a safer place with the help of boats.
Though the water levels increased in Kumaradhara and Netravati rivers, officials said that they were below the danger level. Landslides and flooding were reported from different parts of the district.
At Uppinangady, three swimmers, five home guards and officials were deployed as the water level reached 23.5 metres, which is very close to the danger mark of 26.5 metres.
In Udupi district, a pregnant woman, whose house was flooded near Katapadi Kalsanka, was shifted in a boat to a safer place.
As several houses were flooded at Majoor village, 35 people were shifted to a temporary shelter. Residents of Moodubelle, Kodankooru, Uliyaragoli in Kundapur and Mallaru too were shifted to safer places....