Heavy rains lash DK, Udupi

Mlore-Blore train late by four hours due to landslide at Yedakumeri

Heavy rains lash DK, Udupi

 Following the incessant rains, the Hosmata bridge across Gundya river has been submerged. In fact, about two feet water was flowing over the road, thus disrupting the movement of vehicles on Uppinangady-Kadaba-Subramanya route. In Puttur, Seere hole is overflowing. Chelyadka bridge too has been inundated. As a result, Puttur-Olathadka-Panaje road link is cut off.

In the last 24 hours, Belthangady has received a maximum of 118 mm rainfall, followed by Moodabidre - 81.2 mm; Koila - 80.5 mm; Sullia - 68 mm; Sunkadakatte - 63.6 mm; Kadaba - 63.5 mm; Puttur - 48 mm; Bantwal - 42.8 mm; and Mangalore - 16.8 mm.
Meanwhile, the water-level in river Nethravathi, Gurpura and Kumaradhara has increased considerably. In Bantwal, the water-level of river Nethravathi stood at 6.9 metres while in Uppinangady, it has risen to 22 metres. The water-level in Thumbay has increased to 22.9 feet (the height of the vented dam is 13 feet).

In Kadaba hobli, 3 houses have been partially damaged when trees fell on it at Kuntoor, Goonarka and Renjiladi. In another incident, an autorickshaw was completely damaged when a tree fell on it at Mithodi, injuring two. An anganwadi centre was damaged when a tree fell on it at Alankaru. In Moodabidri, a house was completely damaged incurring a loss of Rs 85,000. The low laying areas of Brahmarakootlu, Panemangalur, Aladka, Ranipura, Madaka, Uliya, Kallapu, Amlamogaru, Soorinje and other places have been inundated.  Owing to the heavy rains, schools have been declared holiday on Thursday in Belthangady taluk.

Trains affected

The Bangalore-Mangalore train (Yashwanthpura-Mangalore Express) was late by four hours owing to the landslide at Yedakumeri in the Western Ghat section of the railway line, in the early hours on Wednesday.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Railways PRO James Sebastian said the rescue team was rushed to the spot which cleared the track by 11.30 am and train started its journey to Mangalore. “There will be no problem to the Bangalore-Mangalore train which will leave Mangalore in the night,” he said. 

The railway stretch passing through Yedakumeri has always been in news owing to landslides.

It may be recalled that last year train services were suspended owing to the land slide reported between Yedakumeri and Donigall on the ghat section following heavy rains in the region between August 10 and 18.

However, owing to the heavy rains lashing Mumbai, Mangalore-Mumbai train which was supposed leave by 2.30 pm was rescheduled to 4 pm, he added.

In Udupi

Hundreds of arecanut trees, coconut trees, more than 30 electric poles and 40 houses have been damaged in Udupi distrct. The estimated loss in Udupi district has been put at Rs 8 to 10 lakh.

Schools and colleges were declared holiday on Wednesday afternoon. Owing to the uproot of electric poles, the supply of electrcity has been disrupted in many places.
More than 100 arecanut trees have been uprooted in Haladi in Kundapura. Apart from arecanut trees, 150 coconut tress, 8 houses have been damaged. Two cattle were killed.
Udupi taluk received 61.07 mm raingfall. Seven houses have been completely damaged and 15 houses have been partially damaged. The loss has been put at Rs 3.79 lakh.
 A tree which was uprooted and fell on road at Ermalu in Padubidri disrupted the movement of vehicles.

Kundapura taluk received highest rainfall of 107.4 mm in the last 24 hours.
The loss has been estimated at Rs 1.5 lakh. Eight to 10 houses have been damaged when a huge tree fell on it at Haikadi.

More than 40 electric poles have been uprooted. More than 30 houses have been damaged owing to the heavy winds. Water has entered 20 houses in Haladi. Flood situation may occur in Nada. Karkala taluk has received 74.02 mm rainfall. As many as six houses have been damaged.

NDRF team

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has arrived in Mangalore. According to a press release, the contingent specialised in combating flood situation consists of 89 personnel and is led by Assistant Commandant Ranmung.

In fact, the district administration has proposed to hold a mock drill at Kallapu near Ullal at 4.30 pm on Thursday as a confidence building measure. “This will also help the public and officials of various Departments to learn from their experience,” the release stated.
A meet held in DC office on Wednesday, identified as many as seven flood affected areas in Mangalore limits. However, In-charge Deputy Commissioner Prabhakar Sharma said that the district administration is all set to face the floods. People need not panic, he added.

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