Incessant rains lashing parts of Karnataka for the past two days have claimed three lives, while paralysing life in the coffee district of Kodagu.
While a 30-year-old man was struck by lightning in Kundapura, a 52-year-old woman was washed away in floodwaters while crossing a culvert at Erlapady in Udupi district on Sunday night where over 40 houses were damaged.
Schools in the district would remain closed for two days from Monday in view of inclement weather.
An eight-year-old girl was washed away when she accidentally fell into a drain while returning from school in Shimoga.
Strong winds uprooted over 45 electric poles and coconut trees in different parts of Udupi taluk and several houses in Malpe and Kodankoor areas were in danger following severe sea erosion. Several low lying areas were flooded.
Home Minister Dr V S Acharya accompanied by senior officials visited rain-affected areas and instructed officials to take relief measures including shifting of families living in low-lying areas to safer places.
Karkala received the highest rainfall of 23 cms today followed by Udupi (21 cm) and Kundapura (9 cm).
Authorities had ordered schools in Dakshina Kannada district, barring Sullia Taluk, to close following heavy rain lashing the district for the past four days.
However, no damage had been reported from any part of Dakshina Kannada district, officials said.