As Mangaluru roads turn into rivers, good Samaritans open doors to stranded people

By Harsha Raj Gatty
Storyinfinity for Daijiworld

Mangaluru, May 30: As torrential rains continue to lash the coastal districts, besides the emergency services, good Samaritan individuals and establishments have risen up to the occasion, offering assistance to those in need.

In the backdrop of cyclone ‘Mekunu’ hitting Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday bringing the district to an abrupt halt, locals responded to the distress with hashtags #Staysafekudla #Mangalorerains. Several individuals and establishments have taken on to social media sending invites to those stuck in rains and are also sharing alerts, traffic updates and helpline numbers.

"'Mekunu' has hit coastal Karnataka and Mangaluru is flooded. We are concerned. If anyone needs shelter, we are a call away. @onyxairlounge. Issued in public interest,' a post on the social media page of Onyx Air Lounge was widely shared. "We saw people, especially two-wheeler riders stranded on road without shelter. Hence, we decided to keep our restaurant doors open to anyone in need. In just one hour after we posted the invite on social media, around 25 people are resting in our restaurant premises," says Onyx Manager Umesh.

Samsun S Sequeira, another resident is coordinating on Whatapp and Facebook to help those stuck at MG Road. "Since roads are not motorable and people are stranded, we are coordinating with a group of residents to allow those stuck in rain inside their residence. Some of them have confirmed that they are ready to provide locals with first aid kits and some edibles," he said.

A helpline by RSS and BJP workers offering any kind of assistance to those in need due to the havoc rain created in Mangaluru was also doing the rounds. Newly-elected MLA of Mangalore South Vedvyas Kamath has posted the helpline of BJP and RSS offices for the rain victims.

Sudhir Shetty, a resident of Pumpwell took to social media to invite people to his house. "I heard the situation is very bad in Pumpwell. I have shared my number and anyone is free to walk into my house for shelter and food," he said.

Zamzeer Ahmed, founder of GoodFoodMangalore social media platform, that connects over 31,000 foodies in the city, is using his page to help good Samaritans to connect with those stuck in rain. The thread ‘let’s get united foodies’ on his page has details of restaurants which are opening doors to people.

Meanwhile, locals have proactively joined a rescue effort. The emergency services were seen deploying boat to ferry children of a local school near Alake.

With regard to the water clogged on the main road, civic activist like Ashok L mostly attributes it to the failure in the city infrastructural planning. "MCC has concreted road with a little or no appropriate planning. There are no drainages, where will the water sink in? There is an absolute mess of handling public road infrastructure. The waterlogging on Mangaluru’s prominent roads is an example of this," Ashok said.


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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Nothing to worry, today no rain no flud, everything is clear, sad that some people lost thier life and property,

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  • Gangaram, Moodbidri

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Instead for blaming each others, try to understand that unexpected heavy rains can damage anything and anywhere....

    We citizen also 100% responsible for the drainage blacking etc because we even don't have the habit of keeping clean and tidy our own areas.

    I wish this type of flood come every 2 months (Wishing not to have any damage) then our politicians will not have time to spill the hate beans in peoples mind!!!

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Let all people join irrespective of politics and help those in need of help.

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    God acts to bring people together when we hate and fight each others.
    Mangalore was united and will be united always. GOD BLESS .

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  • ray, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    God Bless Everyone!!!

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  • Cynthia, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    This is our solidarity. During this time we don't see caste, creed, religion, parties Enmity etc. Some are directly involved in rescuing the public and others are indirectly. This is humanity and humanity is only one religion

    May god bless everyone..

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  • Mahi, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Only people can help each other during emergency. Administration, elected representative are only for name sake and they will come after everything is over.

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  • Sanith, Bajpe/Mumbai

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Good to see all people coming together irrespective of caste, creed, party etc. This is our Mangaluru. Keep up the spirit of Mangaluru/DK and work for our great Coastal Area. Let this not ruined by any intruders of the North Lobby. Good work by many social bodies.

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  • Nabeel, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    This is real India and Indians who help each other politics has made us look bad

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  • Rakesh, Pune

    Wed, May 30 2018

    I never heard of Mangaluru Flooding. However last 5 years Lob+Kadar+Rai made Mangaluru flood and Bleed. Their only achievement in last 5 years.

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  • Praveen, Mangalorean

    Wed, May 30 2018

    Till now Mangalore flooded..... what are main cause for the flooding ???? mainly construction of roads???
    so now authorities have to do some move so this won't happen again....

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  • RIL, Blore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    That's the true religion of Mangalore. But still there were a few who condemned the past MLA, as if it was he who was responsible for the Cyclone. Thank God though there were incomplete drsins there has been a roadmap for everyone to realise the importance of free flow of rain water for which their cooperation in parting the land for continuity of roads and drains

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    And other Samaritans are busy with social media blaming each other!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 30 2018

    This happens very often in Mumbai too ...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, May 30 2018

    So sorry to hear about floods in mangalore and around.Noone can do anything against Natures enforcement.In such cases nice to hear There are a number of good hearted people real samaritans who do show their good heart and help in such a situation irrespective of religion,caste ,or political side.We mangaloreans are great .Respect to all and God bless.Hope this flood will be the first and last one to face and let us all pray to God ,never again to let people in such problems.Weather has everywhere playing a very bad game.

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  • JayaPrakash Shetty, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 30 2018

    I was born and brought up in Mangaluru. In my school days I remember rain pouring day and night non-stop for 3 to 4 days. There was never flooding in the city. Only flooding was near Nethravati river. Now one rain and total chaos. why?? Poor planning by authorities and politicians. See any construction happening. All construction material on road side all drains blocked. Poor drainage facility. Where will the water go? To imagine monsoon only started Mangaluru people will face tough time. This is purely man made. We are seeing this all over, remember Bangalore and Chennai. Time to take these authorities and politicians to task.

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  • Joe Gonsalves, Mangalore

    Wed, May 30 2018

    It is indeed a matter of grave concern to The City of Mangalore and the people of Mangalore. Even though I am ten thousand miles away, I have been in touch with the people of Mangalore. It is indeed very good of the D.C. Mr. Sentill to take keen interest with regard to the prevailing situation.

    This is a warning and lesson too. Hope the authorities and particularly the M. C. C. will take preventive measures in future.

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