MANGALORE: The monsoon claimed its first victim in the district on Monday. A woman was washed away in a storm water drain at Kattepuni, Attavar. Vimala, 44, slipped into a drain around 2.30pm. Some construction workers saw her falling into the drain and rushed to help her. But by then she was washed away by the strong waters. Her body was later found at Bunder, after a two-hour search operation. The woman was a sweeper with LIC. Though married she lived all alone in Attavar, said Mangalore South Police.
Southwest monsoon has been wreaking havoc in Dakshina Kannada district in the past few days. A house was completely damaged in Belthangady taluk, while four houses were partially damaged in Mangalore taluk.
While a house in Keyyur village in Belthangady collapsed completely on Saturday, four houses at Bajal, Someshwar, Mulki and Katipalla were partially damaged on Sunday. The loss has been estimated to be over Rs 1 lakh.
The district cumulatively has received more rainfall from January 1 up to June 10 this year logging an average rainfall of 444.9 mm as against 165.4mm rainfall during the corresponding period last year. Mangalore taluk has registered the maximum rainfall of 589.8mm rainfall in this period followed by Belthangady taluk with 458mm rainfall, Puttur taluk with 435.2mm, Sullia taluk with 410mm and Bantwal taluk with 331.3mm rainfall.
According to a release from the district administration, the district received 19.9mm rainfall on Monday as against 9.8mm rainfall during the same day last year. The district on an average receives 941.8mm rainfall during June while the average annual rainfall is 3912.2mm.
The water level of the Nethravathi at Bantwal and Uppinangady is 3metres each, well below the danger level of 8metres and 29metres respectively for these places.
The district received heavy rainfall since 9.30pm on Sunday with Kanyana gram panchayat recording high intensity rainfall of 50mm from 9.30pm to 9.45pm.
Rain picked up in intensity in the early hours of Monday with 54 mm/hr rainfall being recorded from 4.45am to 5am at Mulki that also recorded high intensity rain of 68 mm/hr at 5am and 66mm/hour from 4.45pm to 5pm.
Aladangadi received 50mm/hour rainfall from 12.45pm to 1pm.
Mulki in Mangalore taluk recorded the maximum rainfall of 74.5mm in Karnataka in last 24-hours up to 8.30am on Monday, according to KSNDMC, Bangalore.
Widespread, moderate to heavy rain was received in Kodagu, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts during this period.