Mangaluru: Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) data says that the rainfall in the coastal areas on Thursday June 30 was more than twice the normal rainfall.
The normal rainfall during this time was 44.1 mm as compared to last year. This year, it was 85.1 mm on the same day.
Owing to the incessant rains, water rushed into over 30 industries and washed away motors, raw materials, finished products and machinery components.
Sources claim that Thursday’s heavy rains in the coastal areas caused losses of more than Rs. 5 Crore. The Dakshina Kannada District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is engaged in assessing the rain damage and it will take more time to get the full extent of the damage.
It has been a month since the monsoon entered the coast, but there was no rain. However, by the end of June, there was heavy rain and the damage had increased in most parts of the District.
Industrialists said that in the low-lying areas of the Baikampady industrial complex, rainwater entered the industries, causing the most damage in the District.
Mangaluru City and rural areas have been badly hit by the rains on Thursday. While 77 houses were partially damaged in the District, 11 houses were completely damaged. Around 7 houses within Mangaluru city limits were completely damaged while 42 houses were partially damaged. In Ullal, 22 houses were partially damaged while three houses were completely damaged. In addition, 38 electric poles, 3 transfer poles, 0.88 per cent electric wires and 0.65 per cent of crude roads were damaged. Experts say that the losses have been estimated to be between Rs 1.5 Crore and Rs 2 Crore.
Since the coastal areas received more than twice the normal rainfall. This year, it was 85.1 mm on the same day. This means the damages have also increased as a result. Mangaluru recorded 108.9 mm of rainfall and Bantwal recorded 108.9 mm.
Baikampady industrial yard is the worst affected area in the coastal areas due to heavy rains. After the rains in 2018, industrialists at the Baikampady industrial complex were on alert, which has resulted in less losses this time. But with every rain, the Baikampady industrial zone suffered huge losses.
Baikampady Canara Small Scale Industries Association President Isaac Vas said the exact extent of the loss will be known in a day or two.
An official of the District Disaster Management Authority said details of the losses to houses, bridges and electricity poles have already been collected. However, the exact information on economic issues will be known in a day or two,” he said.