Ockhi claims 2 houses on Ullal shore

Ockhi claims 2 houses on Ullal shore

Two houses in Ullal were washed away on Saturday late night, following a high tide due to the Ockhi cyclone.

The water also entered a resort where a party was in progress, following which, the people ran helter skelter.

The waves hit several houses in Ullal, Someshwara and Uchila and the sea continued to remain rough till the early hours on Sunday. The retaining wall built to prevent sea erosion at Peribail near Uchila was washed away. The retaining wall built by a private resort at Ullal was also washed away. Over 50 coconut trees have also been washed away.

The 30-year-old houses belonging to Philomena Fernandes and Evarest Alphonsa at Ombathukere beach were washed away by huge waves. The inmates of the two houses had gone out to offer special prayers at a church on Saturday evening. When they returned at 9 pm, Evarest's house was partially washed away, while Philomena's house was fully washed away in the water. The TV, refrigerator, electronic goods, cash and other valuables have been washed away. Some things in Evarest's house were recovered.

Evarest said, "There was a 50-acre land behind our house 30 years ago. Now only five acres are remaining. The rest have been washed away by the fury of the sea over the years."

Realising the threat of high tide, the labourers from fish meal industries, residents of Kaiko, Kileriyanagara, had come out of the house and were on the shore on Saturday night. Some had even shifted their belongings to their relatives houses.

Over 100 labourers have been provided shelter in a godown belonging to Ullala Mogaveera Sangha at Mogaveerapattana. Some others are taking shelter at Ullal Dargah.

Minister visits

Minister for Food and Civil Supplies U T Khader visited the sea erosion affected areas at Uchila, Peribail, Sankolige, Ullal, Someshwara and other areas on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that temporary works will be initiated to protect houses that are facing threat on the sea shore. "The extent of damage in Ullal and Someshwara is not as severe as in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The intensity of the cyclone will reduce as per the weather forecast. The district administration has been instilling confidence in the people in the region since Saturday night. All efforts have been taken to shift the affected people," said Khader.

'Need not panic'

Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil said that the sea was calm by Sunday evening. "The people need not panic. All measures have been taken to shift the people to safer areas," he assured.

Tahsildar Guruprasad said that about 80 families have been shifted to safer areas from Talapady to Ullal. Boulders will be dumped to check the sea erosion.

Fishing boats have anchored in the Old Port in Mangaluru and at Malpe in Udupi.

Disaster management unit

The local residents have expressed displeasure at lack of disaster management unit in Ullal CMC jurisdiction. As the waves started lashing the houses on Saturday late night, the local residents sought the help of the CMC officials. Without disaster management unit, however, the officials also had a tough time in providing assistance.

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