Rain uproots trees, raises river levels

Rain uproots trees, raises river levels

Home Guards, Forest Department officials and citizens struggle to remove a tree that fell on the road at Kumbhakkodu in Aletti of Sullia taluk, blocking traffic.

The South West Monsoon intensified across Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Friday.

Anticipating heavy rains, the district administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have declared holiday for schools in the districts on Friday and Saturday.

The unexpected deluge in Mangaluru on May 29 had kept the district administration on its toes to combat any eventuality following rain. Holiday was declared following the heavy rainfall in various taluks.

Many students had already left for the school by 7.45 am. But as holiday was declared after 8 am, it created confusion among the parents and vehicle drivers.

Due to a lack of stormwater drains, rainwater flowed on the road, thus inconveniencing both pedestrians and two-wheeler riders.


Four persons suffered minor injuries when a tree fell near Mangaladevi.

Surekha (63) is undergoing treatment at KMC Hospital Attavar, Praveen Suvarna (49) at Fr Muller’s, Naveen (45) and Tejaswini (20) at District Wenlock Hospital.

The incessant rain in the last two days resulted in the collapse of the compound wall of the house belonging to Harish Poojary at Palike Annamoole in Vittal Kasaba. The asbestos sheet of the house has been damaged.

The compound wall of a house collapsed at Indira Nagara in Haleyangady Gram Panchayat on Thursday night. The house belongs to auto driver Usman. A compound wall collapsed on a road leading to Putrabailu SC Colony in Laila Gram panchayat jurisdiction.

With the uprooted trees falling on the electricity poles, power got disrupted in different parts of the district since Thursday night. As a tree fell on an electricity pole, at Ishwaramangala, the power supply was disrupted.

A huge tree fell on the road at Kumbhakkodu in Aletti of Sullia taluk and had disrupted the movement of vehicles for some time. Home Guards, Forest Department officials and local residents cleared the tree and helped vehicular movement.

A huge tree fell on a house at Bettampady in Puttur. The house belongs to Babu Mera in Koovenja in Bettampady.

With heavy rain lashing Belthangady taluk, the temporary road connecting Kakkinje-Neriya has collapsed at Bendrala. The villagers, therefore, had to travel six-kilometre more to reach their destination. As the work on a minor bridge to connect Kakkinge-Neriya is in progress, a temporary road had been built for the villagers.

Water-level increase

The district administration had alerted the disaster management team in Uppinangady to ensure that the communication links with the adjoining places are not snapped due to rain and boats were on standby in case of any emergency in Uppinangady.

The continuous rain has increased the inflow of water to River Kumaradhara. As a result, the snanagatta at Kukke Subrahmanya has been partially inundated. The Subrahmanya police have instructed devotees not to enter the river for bathing. With Hariharapallathadka, Kollamogru, Kalmakaru, Balugodu experiencing good rainfall, a rivulet near Padaka is overflowing.

Rainfall statistics

In the last 24 hours, Dakshina Kannada received an average of 120.6 mm rainfall. Mangaluru taluk received highest with 144.6 mm followed by Bantwal—129 mm, Puttur—124 mm, Sullia—121.1 mm and Belthangady—84.5 mm.

Last year, the district had received 4.4mm of rainfall on the same day.