New Delhi, May 30: Cyclone Mekunu on Tuesday hit the coastal areas of Karnataka. In Karnataka, Mangaluru and Udupi were the worst hit. Heavy rains have lashed parts of the city and since Monday, 8:30 AM, the state has received 334 mm of rain. Another observatory recorded 284 mm. As per the Skymet Weather, light to moderate rain is expected in the next 24 hours.
Earlier, the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted a cyclone warning in the Maharashtra-Goa coast. The department had said that the Cyclone Mejunu will intensify into a storm in the next 24 hours and into a severe one, in 48 next hours. It had also said that heavy rains are also expected at isolated places in the state.
Karnataka’s Revenue and Disaster Management Department on Wednesday said that rains have reduced in Mangaluru. The Skymet Weather, however, said that more rains are expected in the next 24 hours. “Water-logging in the streets has receded significantly. Normalcy is being restored,” one of its officials said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday took to Twitter and said that he prays for the safety and well-being of all those affected in the Cyclone Mekunu. “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,” he said.
Karnataka chief minister also took stock of the situation at Dakshina Kannada. A statement said that the CM has directed the deputy commissioner to take assistance from the coast guard for all necessary precautionary measures “to prevent loss of lives and mitigate the damages” in the cyclone.
Three Indians were among 11 people killed by cyclone Mekunu that has battered southern Oman and the Yemeni island of Socotra, authorities and reports have said. Cyclone Mekunu hit Oman’s Dhofar and Al-Wusta provinces on Friday after intensifying from a category one to a category two cyclone, with winds of up to 170 kilometres per hour after it made landfall on Socotra on Thursday.
“Indian Embassy Team in Salalah has confirmed that as per Royal Oman Police, mortal remains of one (Shamsher Ali) of two missing Indian have been found and the search for the other (Madhu) is underway. There is no report of casualty amongst other expatriates,” the Indian Embassy in Muscat tweeted.
With agency inputs