Karkala, Aug 02, 2019: The unusual mini tornado or water spout unleashed chaos in Karkala on August 1, Thursday.
Pervaje, Nakrekallu and surrounding villages in Karkala taluk were affected by the storm that stuck the region in the morning. The velocity of winds have damaged many houses, coconut and arecanut plantations. On witnessing thick clouds, people were anticipating heavy rain but strong wind came as a rude shock. The extreme weather condition developed within moments causing large scale destruction to properties. More than 10 trees, including arecanut and coconut, were uprooted in Pervaje.
One house near Sri Mahalingeshwara temple, was completely damaged in Pervaje. Around 10 houses on the stretch from the temple till Kumbrapadavu were partially damaged due to the cloud storm.
The tiled roof of the houses were blown away by the strong winds. Many coconut trees in farms were also found uprooted. Mango, jackfruit and peepal trees have also come crashing down. More than five electricity poles have fallen in Jogulabettu. The total loss is estimated to be around Rs 10 lakh. Conditions are not set to overcome forceful gale winds generally.