(Updated) India – Floods in Karnataka After 450mm of Rain in 24 Hours

Update, 23 September 2020
Further heavy rainfall in Karnataka on 21 September caused flooding in other districts of the state including Uttara Kannada, Kalaburagi and Haveri.

Local media report 1 fatality in Kalaburagi and another in Uttara Kannada, while 2 people are still missing after being swept away by flood waters in Haveri.

KSNDMC reported that 344 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 September in Honnavar, Uttara Kannada, while 154mm of rain fell in Yellapur, Uttara Kannada the following day.

According to India’s Central Water Commission, as of 21 September the Swarna and Shambhavi rivers were above warning levels in Udupi District, while the Aghanashini river was above warning levels at Santeguli in Uttara Kannada district.

Original report, 21 September 2020

Teams from India’s National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been called on to rescue flood victims in the state of Karnataka.

Flooding struck after heavy rainfall from 19 September, affecting the city of Udupi and the surrounding areas. Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) figures show that Udupi recorded just under 450 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 September 2020. Local media said several rivers broke their banks damaging at least 4 bridges.

Around 135 people stranded in the floods were rescued by personnel from NDRF fire and emergency services department. Those evacuated were given shelter at temporary accommodation provided by the district administration.

Rainfall in the state of Karnataka, India, 19 to 20 September 2020. Image / map: KSNDMC

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