Mangalore Udupi, August 11: Heavy rains that has been lashing Dakshina Kannada district receded on Friday. However, rains continue to batter Udupi district.
In the last 24 hours, Moodbidri has received 121.2 mm rainfall, followed by Mangalore—94 mm, Bantwal—93.9 mm, Belthangady—79.4 mm, Sullia—52.4 mm, Kadaba—50 mm and Puttur—42.5 mm.
The rain fury over Udupi taluk has left the low lying areas submerged and rivers overflowing at the danger level. Udupi taluk received 153.4 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.
The unprecedented incessant rain that lashed the taluk has increased the threat of flooding in many areasA and some islands (Kudrus) in the region remained completely immersed in water. According to sources from Udupi taluk office, the islands Balekudru, Bavalikudru and Ramanakudru in Neelavar region are submerged in water.
The surrounding areas of Sri Krishna mutt remained inundated. There is a threat of flooding in Heroor, Havanje and Paduthonse regions. And also some areas like Korangrapadi, Manipur, Kutpadi and Padukere are under the threat of flooding. The sea erosion has intensified in Udyavara and the connecting stretch has been damaged.
The agricultural lands in Karatattu, Betlakki, Giliyaru and Kavady regions are submerged in the water damaging the paddy and other crops. Besides sea erosion has also intensified in the areas of Kodikanyana, Manoor and Kotathattu-Padukere region.
Tahsildar Abhijin told Deccan Herald that enough measures have been taken to handle the situation. He said two to three boats have been kept ready in the areas of Heroor, Uppuru, Neelavara and Belmannu. River Swarna was overflowing the danger level mark in the morning, however it has subsided by three feet in the evening as rains receded. He said that gruel centers (Ganji Kendras) have been opened to shift the flood victims.
The rainfall in the higher altitude of Agumbe Ghat may prove detrimental as it increases the water level in Swarna River, he added.
Flash floods on NH-66 at Mabukalla near Brahmavar disrupted the movement of vehicles. The Kudrumane area in Vaddarse is submerged in water. In Yenugudde, a house belonging to Kamala Kanchan was partially damaged when a coconut tree fell on the house. In Tangadi in Heeriyar village, a house of one Sadhu Panthi was partially damaged. The roof top of the Babbuswami temple was damaged when a tree fell on it. In Bairampalli, a house belonging to Padmavathi Kulalathi was partially damaged owing to heavy rains. In Kenjur, the house of one Anand Naika was partially damaged due to rain. Schools and Colleges in the taluk were declared holiday.
Karkala Taluk received 68 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Tahsildar Jaganath Rao said the situation in the taluk is back to normalcy and there is no casualties and damages reported from anywhere in the taluk, he added.
In Kundapur taluk, the water level in the major rivers including Souparnika is flowing below the danger level. Tahsildar Lalanke Ravi said that the taluk recorded 117.4 mm rainfall.A house belonging to Vanaja Shedthi of Kelamane in Henguvalli of Kundapur taluk was partially damaged due to heavy rain. The house of Parvarthy Mogaveera in Koteshwara was partially damaged when coconut tree fell on it.
The district recorded an overall 112.93 mm rainfall for the last 24 hours.