Two die as heavy rains lash State

Low-lying areas inundated; water level rises in several rivers of coastal region
Last Updated 22 October 2010, 18:19 IST

In Bellary two rain-related deaths were reported including a woman and a girl. In Hospet taluk Durgamma Tippesh (21) drowned while crossing a stream which flowing with rain water. In Kudligi taluk sannadakka (14) died after she was struck by lightening.

Heavy rains that lashed the coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi on Thursday night, continued on Friday too, throwing the normal life out of gear. Besides inundating several low lying areas in both the coastal districts, all the streams were overflowing with the water-level in rivers rising to danger-level.

In Mangalore city, rainwater gushed into several houses in Jeppinamogaru and Kambla areas while the Kodialguthu lane was closed for traffic as the road had nearly two to three feet rainwater. District-in-Charge Minister Krishna J Palemar’s residence too is in this road.

The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) had set up an emergency team to respond in distress and it recieved 54 complaints on artificial floods. The team used boats to help people to reach their homes in some parts of the City. As schools and colleges were declared holiday owing to Valmiki Jayanthi, the students were not affected by rains.

Floods in Mulki

Several areas including paddy fields in Mulki region were flooded as Shambavi river overflowed submerging nearby areas and paddy fields. Floods inundated Seemanthur, Ulepady, Yelathur, Kodethur, Sankalakariya, Mundkoor and Nadugudda areas have been flooded. It is said that nearly 400 acres of crop have been destroyed in Mulki alone.
 In Surathkal region too, paddy fields in Chelyar, Soorinje and Kutthethur region submerged in flood waters.

In Udupi

Kundapur and Karkala taluks in Udupi district received heavy rains on Friday, thus inundating several low lying areas. Both the taluks received an average of 162.2 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Fire services have been kept on high alert to counter any possible danger. Meanwhile, fishermen have been asked not to venture into the sea. Udupi taluk offices have opened gruel centers to the evacuees of low lying areas in Nandikur, Bannanje, Anakdakatte, Sheeribeedu and Badagupete.

In Kodagu

The rains lashed throughout Kodagu on Friday. Though it started drizzling in the morning, the intensity of rains increased in the afternoon and some areas received heavy rains in the evening. Madikeri, Somwarpet, Gonikoppal, Ponnampet and surrounding areas received heavy rains throughout the day on Friday.

(Published 22 October 2010, 18:19 IST)

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