Acid rain sends Belur residents into jittery

Villagers urge authorities to conduct extensive study

People in the taluk are anxious over the acid rain that was experienced at Komaranahalli on Tuesday. Yellow coloured rain was observed on 50 acres of land and the rain drops falling on jowar, tomato and other plants has left black marks on the leaves.

Small holes and marks were also seen on the tarpaulin that was used at the house of one Jayanna in the village, who complained of itching and burning sensation on his arms after getting drenched in the rain.

Pollution

According to Harish of the mines and geology department, the rise in pollution level has resulted in chemicals being suspended in the air, which has caused an impact on the environment and falls as acid rain.

He said that there were chances of such yellow or other coloured rains in future.
Until a detailed study is made on the type of rain that was reported at Komaranahalli, he said he cannot give more details.

Harish said that the chilly weather that is continuing over the past couple of days has averted any mishap. “If it were to be a sunny day there were chances of fire mishaps and the damage would have been more,” he explained.

The villagers have urged the department of mines and geology to do an extensive study on the acid rain, which has shocked the people here.

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