Mangalore, August 30: Dozens of families were rendered homeless across coastal Karnataka as heavy rains and flash floods have continued to wreak havoc in various parts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts.
Farmlands and roads were submerged under water when the retaining wall attached to the Haleri vented dam was collapsed following heavy rain at Badaga Mijaru village near Moodbidiri.
A huge log of a tree, which came floating in the water, hit the dam resulting in cracks developing in it and it collapsed after some time.
The Koppadakumeru and Todaru villages have been cut off from each other after the dam was washed away, putting 100 families into duress. Schoolchildren and members of the milk producers union are finding it difficult to commute from one place to another.
Water bodies in the region have been overflowing due to the rain in the last couple of days.
Several houses were damaged in last 24 hours of rain in both Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
A wall collapsed at the government higher primary school at Kodavur on the outskirts of Udupi and the loss has been estimated at Rs two lakh.
The average rainfall in Dakshina Kannada district has been recorded at 79.8 mm, with Belthangady taluk receiving the highest of 144.6 mm. The rainfall in Udupi taluk was recorded at 140 mm.