Bantwal , May 13, 2015 : Trees and several electric poles were uprooted when heavy rain accompanied with gusty winds swept Bantwal taluk. Electric poles were damaged at Bantwal, B C Road, Panemangaluru, Melkar, Vagga, Siddakatte, Vittal, Mani, Ukkuda, Salethoor Mescom centres. A huge tree uproooted at Mani, damaged three transformers, thus incurring a loss of over Rs six lakh.
The work on restoring the electric poles and wires are in progress. The power supply in Bantwal was disrupted and could be only partially restored. The residents complained that the Mescom failed clear branches near the power poles.
About 15 houses have been damaged at Ananthadi in Vittal. One house collapsed due to rain. At least 20 houses have been damaged at Nitla mudnoor. Crops in two acre land at Ananthadi and one acre land at Netla mudnoor have been damaged. The house of Babu Purusha has developed cracks when lightning struck the house at Idkidu. The electric lines, equipment and doors have been damaged completely. Over 55 electric poles and four transformers have been damaged in Vittal and Mani Mescom areas.
At least 5 persons suffered injuries when lghtning struck a house, at Rekhya near Kokkada. The house belongs to Podiya. The injured are Mecchu, wife of Podiya, his relatives Keerthan, Dharmapala, Shivaprasad, Sowmya.
Tree on rail track hits service : Rain and strong gusty wind, uprooted a huge tree which fell on railway track in Kuppila near Brahmarakootlu. People who noticed the tree brought it to the notice of B C Road railway station authorities. This caused Mangalore-Subramanya train to be delayed, local people removed the tree from the track to restore running of trains.
A house in Shivalaya village was struck by lightning and a resident of the house suffered burna on her hand was rushed to hospital. At B C Road Talpadi Mosque Minaret was struck with lightning causing minor damage. More than 20 houses have been affected due to lightning. According to reports, Purander Hegde, Bantwal Tahshildar paid visit and examined the area. The rain dislodged electrical poles which fell on the road, normal bus services were disrupted and delayed.