Severest sea erosion in district since 1995, says official
As many as 10 houses were damaged in heavy rain while sea erosion continued in 13 places in Udupi district on Friday.
According to the Udupi Taluk Office, a house each was damaged in Padur, Alevoor and Innanje villages.
According to the Kundapur Taluk Office, a house each was damaged at Shedimane Gulvady and Hardalli-Mandalli villages.
Kundapur Tahsildar Gayatri Naik said flooding had been reported in low-lying areas in Nada and Senapura villages in Byndoor hobli.
According to the Karkala Taluk Office, a house was damaged at Neere village when a tree fell on it. The tiles of Jalaja’s house in the same village were blown away due to strong winds accompanying the rains and the loss was estimated at Rs. 10,000.
The tiles of Devaraj Acharya’s house in Neera were blown away and the loss was estimated at Rs. 5,000. The cement sheets of Sampa Sabaliga’s house were blown away in Nallur village and the damaged was estimated at Rs. 5,000.
T.S. Rathod, Executive Engineer, Department of Ports and Fisheries, said that the sea was rough in the district and sea erosion had continued in Tenka Yermal, Bada Yermal, Udyavara-Padukere, Padukere-Kuthpady, Malpe, Kodikanyana, Kundapur-Kodi, Kotathattu, Mannur-Padukere, Trasi, Marvanthe, Kalihithlu and Dombe.
Roads along the coast were damaged due to sea erosion at Tenka Yermal, Mannur-Padukere, Kalihithlu and Padubidri-Madhwanagara. Several coconut trees had got washed away.
“This is the severest sea erosion reported in the district since 1995,” Mr. Rathod said.
Udupi received a rainfall of 54.4 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Friday. Kundapur and Karkala towns received a rainfall of 103.4 mm and 81.8 mm, respectively.
The Meteorological Department had forecast rainfall of over 125 mm in the district in the next 48 hours in the district and fishermen had been advised not to venture into the sea.
School and college holiday:
The district administration has declared holiday for all schools and colleges in Udupi district on Saturday. Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju said here on Friday that the Meteorological Department had forecast a rainfall of over 125 mm in Udupi district on Saturday.
There had been heavy rainfall in Kundapur and Byndoor, and parts of Udupi and Karkala taluks on Friday. All water bodies were ﬁlled to the brim in Kundapur and Byndoor and parts of Udupi and Karkala taluks. The holiday had been declared as a precautionary measure.