Mangaluru: A 40-year-old employee of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) died after being mowed down by a crane inside the MRPL workshop on Wednesday afternoon here in the city.

The deceased MRPL employee has been identified as Keshav Kotian (40).

According to the reports, Keshav was mowed down by a crane while he was working at an MRPL workshop. After sustaining critical injuries he was rushed to a private hospital in the city, but he breathed his last while on the way to the hospital.

A case in this regard has been registered at Suratkal Police Station and further investigations are underway.

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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.

Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.

Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.

Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.

In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.

The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.