Udupi, September 20, 2020: Continuous downpour since Friday in the coast has thrown normal life in Udupi out of gear, with all low-lying areas under six feet of water. Houses, temples, especially the Sri Krishna Mutt premises, fields, shops and establishments and vehicles were inundated.
The rain also left a trail of destruction in Udupi as well as Mangaluru and the loss is estimated in excess of several crores. This type of destruction due to the rain is said to be happening in Udupi after decades.
Three boats that were caught in the cyclonic rain capsized off Malpe coast, fortunately, the fishermen found a safe spot on a rock near the shore till they were rescued. Dakshina Kannada District in-charge minister Kota Shrinivas Poojary instructed NDRF personnel in Mangaluru to assist in search and rescue operations in Udupi.
The NDRF with special equipment to shifted stranded people to safer areas.
Though the rain from the past two days did not affect Udupi much, on Sunday morning the entire picture changed with all low-lying areas getting inundated. The Sri Krishna Mutt Rajangana, parking areas, shops and establishments, houses, godowns in Mathada Bettu, Nittur, Kodankuru, Chitpadi areas were worst-affected in the deluge.
Fire department personnel and police deployed boats to evacuate people stranded in their homes to safer places. Both the Rivers – Swarna and Sitanadi – were flowing above danger levels.
Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha has been visiting affected areas and giving directions to personnel involved in relief and rescue operations. The rain also left the Malpe-Molakalmuru road under water. In Karkala taluk of Udupi district , several houses in Yennehole and Hermunde, close to the river bank, were submerged.
Karkala-Ajekaru road connectivity has been lost due to landslides and vehicles have been stopped from plying on this route.
The effects of the downpour in Mangaluru was restricted to a few houses getting damaged due to retaining wall collapse at Saripalla and a concrete road getting damaged due to earth below it caving near Kelarai Church, Neermarga. The low-lying areas which were inundated last week, however, surprisingly saw no ingress of water, belying fears of another nightmare for the residents of Jappinamogeru.
Meanwhile, Udupi district in-charge minister Basavaraj Bommai, also the home minister, in a tweet stated that he has dispatched a team of 250 member SDRF team to Udupi, as soon as he received information about the deluge from the Udupi DC.
He commented that already 200 people have been shifted to safer places and Udupi district administration has been directed to take all necessary measures to mitigate the situation. "I have spoken to revenue minister R Ashoka to send a defence helicopter for rescue and relief operations In Udupi", he further added.
Courtesy: Times of India