Water-level at Nethravathi is at four metres against the maximum of 8.5 metres

A man and his wife were injured and at least five houses damaged in heavy rains since Sunday evening in Dakshina Kannada district. The water level in the Nethravathi river rose by a metre at Bantwal. There was no report of immediate loss of crops, according to the district administration.

In the city, two electric poles crashed and wires snapped when a tree on the premises of a house came down in .L. Mathais Lane off Falnir Road early on Monday. The compound of the house was damaged. The incident disrupted traffic on the lane for several hours and the area went without power.

Damages

A substantial part of the house of M.Y. Yusuf (55), a worker, in Demmale area of Mallur in Ulaibettu collapsed injuring him and his wife Zohra (47) when a huge banyan tree fell on the house, according to Mr. Yusuf's son Altaf, a businessman.

The two received head injuries. He said his brother, sister-in-law, and their two children had a providential escape. The loss to the house is estimated at Rs. 60,000. A part of the house of M.Y. Aboobacker, brother of Mr. Yusuf in the neighbourhood, collapsed when an electric pole fell on it. There were no casualties. The loss is estimated at Rs. 40,000.The house of Alwyn in Permude and Saramma in Surinje collapsed when trees fell on them. The damages were estimated at Rs. 30,000 and Rs. 25,000 respectively.

In another incident, the house of Purushothama, son of Rudrayya Gouda, was damaged at Aranthodu in Sullia taluk when a tree fell on it.

The loss has been estimated at Rs. 3.5 lakh.The district administration said the process of paying compensation had been initiated. The water level at Bantwal which stood at three metres all these days rose to 4 metres as against the maximum of 8.5 metres.

Official statistics said the district so far (from January) received 1,060.1 mm as against last year's 911.1 mm. Meteorological Centre in Bangalore said on Monday that heavy to very heavy rain would occur at isolated places in coastal Karnataka when rainfall could exceed 65 mm during the next 48 hours. Warning fishermen, it said strong onshore winds from north-westerly to westerly direction with speed occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph were likely along the Karnataka coast.

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