Mangaluru & Udupi, July 21, 2015: Copious rains have been reported to be lashing the twin district for the last two days has left Kundapur and Karkala taluks partially submerged. The situation has improved a bit with rains reduced but it is predicted that rain is to continue.
Heavy intermittent rain with gusty winds continued to lash Dakshina Kannada district. In the last 24 hours, Belthangady taluk has received the highest of 109.2 mm rainfall followed by Mangaluru-104.4 mm, Bantwal-101.5 mm and Puttur-90.4 mm. The water-level in River Netravathi stood at 7.3 metres in Bantwal.
A huge tree fell on the compound wall of KVG town hall in Sullia. Another tree which fell on Horticulture department premises damaged two electricity poles in Sullia. The wall of a house collapsed following heavy rain at Halegate. A minor bridge at Bastimoole in Kolnadu village has partially collapsed following rain. Slime along with rainwater has entered a house at Pilinguli in Vittal.
Kundapur taluk office reported many reas in Kundapur are flooded and three gruel centres had been opened at Guddemadi Subramanya temple, Mangalya Mantap in Navunda and in a government school in Arehole. Villages-Nada, Hadavu, Navunda, Badakere, Aloor, Senapura, Molahalli, kavradi, Hemmadi, Hesketthur and Maravanthe remained submerged.
A house in Kalavara is completely damaged due to heavy rain. In Kavradi, the downpour has damaged many acres of farm land. Nearly 27 cases of the paddy crop have been reported destroyed.
Kundapur tahsildar said that nearly 2,325 acres of agriculture field had been destroyed. The actual loss would be estimated soon. Three houses, two in Heroor and one in Shiroor have been completely destroyed. About 65 acres of agriculture land in Molahalli at 23-km point near Varahi irrigation canal is submerged. A sandy hillock on the either side of the canal caved in leading to breaches of the canal. The silt has seeped into the farmland and the loss would be heavy, said the official.
Karkala Tahsildar said that paddy on four acres of land at Durga mini hydel power project in Durga village has been submerged in water and houses of five farmers had been damaged. The rivers have reached the normal level and the situation is under control, he added. Udupi Tahsildar said that no damages had been reported in the taluk. The situation is under control, he added.
Udupi DC Dr R Vishal released Rs 10 lakh to the respective tahsildars of all three taluks to compensate the damages immediately. The decentralization of power by the DC to facilitate the immediate release of compensation. The life and property damages and other emergencies would be tackled by the tahsildars.