Bengaluru, May 30: A day after heavy rains lashed Mangaluru and Udupi, the weather office predicted heavy downpour for the coastal region of Karnataka. Mangaluru and Udipi have been experiencing heavy rains since Tuesday and are likely to witness more rainfall today. The National Disaster Response Force or NDRF is on alert for any unwarranted situation. Schools in Karnataka will remain closed today and tomorrow following heavy rainfall.

According to the weather forecast, heavy to heavy rains will occur over coastal Karnataka. On Tuesday, rains pounded Mangaluru and Udipi, with water stagnating on the streets and entering buildings. In some parts of Mangaluru, NDRF used orange inflatable boats to bring school kids to their homes. Shopkeepers downed their shutters and many had to abandon their vehicles due to heavy water-logging.

According to Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Saisikanth Senthil, so far 12 people have been injured, and 52 houses in Mangalore and 12 houses in Bantwal have been damaged. Five rehabilitation centres have been opened and compensation for the injured will be announced tomorrow. Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has also taken stock of the situation from the Deputy Commissioner and directed the latter to take assistance from the coast guard to rescue people.

Taking note of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and said he has spoken to officials and all possible assistance will be provided. He said, “I pray for the safety and well-being 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.”