Record-breaking rains have hit parts of the Indian state of Karnataka over the past 24 hours, with up to 366.5 mm (14.4 inches) of rain within 24 hours. The Southwest Monsoon has now covered entire Kerala, most parts of Coastal Karnataka, some parts of South Interior Karnataka and some more parts of interior Tamil Nadu on May 30. It has also advanced further into some parts of central Arabian Sea. At least 3 people have been killed on May 29 and 30.
Panambur in Mangalore (or Mangaluru), an Arabian Sea port and a major commercial center in the Indian state of Karnataka, received record-breaking 334 mm (13.1 inches) of rain within 24 hours to 08:30 IST, May 30, breaking the previous record of 330.8 mm (13 inches) set in 1982.
Normal rainfall for the month of May for Mangaluru is 168.6 mm (6.6 inches).
The highest rainfall was recorded in Chelairu, Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore at 366.5 mm (14.4 inches) over the same period.
According to a report published by the Times of India, Panambur Weather Observatory recorded 270 mm (10.6 inches) of rainfall at Surathkal area from 08:30 to 17:30 IST on May 29. This is more or less the same amount of rainfall that the city may have received gauging at the intensity. This is also perhaps the highest rainfall recorded in the past few decades on a single day, as in the past decade the rainfall for a day has not crossed 100 mm (3.9 inches).
The rains started around 09:00 IST and turned out to be a deluge after just a few hours, leaving many people trapped in their homes, shops and vehicles. Within an hour, low-lying areas started getting water-logged and it extended to other places which never witnessed floods in the history, TOI report states.
Emergency teams from Mangaluru fire service said they rescued over 500 people from the flooding in Mangaluru.
Local media reported that at least 3 people have been killed. 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.
#Mangaluru update: Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy in an early morning teleconference with the deputy commissioners of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi, has assured relief to the coastal areas on a war footing. pic.twitter.com/1UehUD7nwI— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) May 30, 2018
State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Civil Defence and other teams with sufficient rescue equipment rushed to #Mangaluru to provide rescue services in the affected areas due to the torrential rains. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has also reached the city. pic.twitter.com/SouRdhWtuN— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) May 30, 2018
#Mangaluru: People stranded in the area can contact control room at 1077 and the team will be ready to address the grievances.— Mangalore City (@MangaloreCity) May 29, 2018
They can also contact district administration on following numbers 9448549445 and 9448104455. pic.twitter.com/cYhbWGdqrb
"Progressing at a steady pace, the Southwest Monsoon has now covered entire Kerala, most parts of Coastal Karnataka, some parts of South Interior Karnataka and some more parts of interior Tamil Nadu on May 30. It has also advanced further into some parts of central Arabian Sea," SkyMetWeather meteorologists said.
With good rain and thundershowers going on over northeastern parts of the country, the weather conditions are now favorable for the eastern arm of the Monsoon to make onset into some states of Northeast India like Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura in the next 48 hours.
Now, with the well-marked low in the Arabian Sea getting less marked, the western arm of Monsoon would now take some time to progress. But with another cyclonic circulation likely to form in the Bay of Bengal, Monsoon would move in another 48-72 hours and cover some parts of South Peninsula. The likely system would increase rainfall over interior Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Not only this, the system would also be responsible for taking Monsoon to central and western parts of the country including Mumbai.
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