Two women electrocuted

12 trawlers damaged near Mangalore as gusty winds, rain lash

Two women electrocuted

Trawlers damaged due to heavy rain and strong winds that lashed Thota Bengre in Mangalore district, on  Sunday. DH Photo

Trawlers anchored on Gurupura river at Thota Bengre, were damaged hitting each other due to the forceful wind, which started before midnight. Most of the trawlers were damaged partially. However, the total loss has not been assessed so far.

Two women Mahalakshmi (45) and Janakamma (50) died on Monday morning in Kalasa when they stepped on a live wire which had fallen due to strong wind and heavy rain.
The power line wire which passed through a farm had fallen near the cowshed of Janakamma’s house.

On Monday morning, Janakamma’s sister-in-law as usual got up at 5.30 to bring firewood from the nearby shed. The live wire touched her feet and she died on the spot.

After a while Janakamma who came in search of her started shouting when the live wire touched her. The children on hearing the cry came out and she told them not to come near her and then collapsed and died.

Last year the head of the house Chandrachar had died. Now the three children have been orphaned.

Electrical inspector Altaf Jakati, Mescom officers Basappa Reddy and Divakar visited the spot. Kalasa police inspector S S Hiremath registered a case.

Compensation to owners

Meanwhile, district in-charge Minister J Krishna Palemar visited Thota Bengre and assured that compensation will be paid to all trawler owners.

He said that officials were asked to assess the damage and once the report was submitted, compensation will be paid to all.

The people of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts heaved a sigh of relief from scorching sun with rains coupled with strong breeze, thunder lightning lashing the districts on Sunday late night.

Power supply hit

Power supply was affected in many parts of the district and was restored only on Monday morning. A huge tree was uprooted in Thokkot along with several electric poles. The branches of a tree fell on a jeep bound to Kerala at Thokkot. However, none were injured.

A house owned by Indira Salian in Bengre was damaged after a coconut tree fell on it.

Fishing disrupted

Religious functions at various places including some temples were affected because of the sudden rain.  Fishing activity was disrupted as the fishermen could not venture out for fishing.

Electric poles have been uprooted in several areas in Udupi. A huge tree which fell on National Highway 17 near Padubidri disrupted the movement of vehicles till 10 am on Monday.

Owing to the traffic jam, all the vehicles were seen moving via Shirva. The house of Dejappa Salian was partially affected with lightning near Ucchila Sri Mahalakshmi Temple.
Power supply and telephone lines have been snapped in several places in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.

About 25 electric poles have been uprooted in Petri, Cherkadi, Barkur, Bandimata, Mandarthi in Udupi district.

The sheet of a farmhouse went flying in Koodlu in Udupi, incurring a loss of Rs 50,000.

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