Mangalore/ Udupi, August 10: A woman drowned and five houses were damaged following heavy rains accompanied by strong winds in Udupi district on Thursday.
According to the Kundapur Taluk Office, Sakamma Shedti (55) had gone to fetch grass when she accidentally slipped and fell into a pit and drowned at Devasthanabettu in Bellur village in Kundapur taluk. The pit had been created due to clay quarrying there.
The body was recovered from the pit at around 5.30 p.m. Sakamma, wife of Bhojaraja Shetty, was a resident of Bellur village.
According to the Udupi Taluk Office, rain damaged a house in Yellur, where a pump shed and a well belonging to Harishchandra Rao were also damaged resulting in an estimated loss of Rs. 45,000.
Damages to the houses were reported from Bomarbettu, Shivally and Kachur. Udupi Tahsildar B. Abhijin said that a team of officials was keeping an eye on the possible sea erosion in the Bada Yermal village area.
According to the information made available by the Control Room at the Deputy Commissioner’s Office here, Udupi city received a rainfall of 61.3 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Thursday. Kundapur and Karkala towns received a rainfall of 52.8 mm and 130.8 mm, respectively.
Two persons were injured following damage to a house caused by landslide in Bajal near Mangalore because of incessant rain on Thursday. Belated reports said a 52-year-old man drowned in a lake in Bantwal taluk on Tuesday night. As many as seven houses were damaged and several agricultural fields on the river banks were inundated in the last 24 hours.
According to personnel in the district disaster management cell, landslide in Bajal caused damage to the house of 60-year-old Krishna Nayak. The personnel said Krishna Nayak and his wife Saraswati Nayak sustained injuries and were admitted to a nearby hospital. One house suffered minor damage in a village near Vittal.
Additional Deputy Commissioner K. Dayanand said seven houses were damaged partially. There were reports of inundation of some agricultural fields that are situated next the river bank. Nethravathi and Kumaradhara rivers were flowing below the danger level, he added.
Sullia recorded rainfall of 125.4 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. of Thursday. According to information provided by the revenue officials, Bantwal received 115.8 mm, followed by Belthangady 80.8 mm, Mangalore 90.8mm and Puttur 57.3 mm rainfall.
A 52-year-old man drowned in a lake that was filled to the brim following heavy rainfall on Tuesday. According to a revenue official, Sesappa Baira (52) accidentally slipped into the lake in Vittal Pednur village in Bantwal Taluk and drowned.