75-m-long concrete road along seashore damaged in Udupi district

Two persons were injured in lightning strike and a house was damaged owing to heavy rain in Udupi district on Wednesday.

According to information received from Kundapur taluk office, Lakshmi Poojary and her husband, Sheena Poojary, were injured in lightning strike at Ampar village. They have been admitted to a private hospital in Kundapur.

The house of Parmeshwar Achari was damaged owing to heavy rain in Shiroor village. The damage has been estimated at Rs. 10,000.

According to the Udupi taluk office, a 75-m-long concrete road along the seashore in Udyavar Gram Panchayat limits connecting Malpe to Padukere village was damaged following sea erosion and was in a precarious condition.

Krishna Kotian, member of the Udyavar Gram Panchayat, said that people of Padukere had informed the authorities concerned three days ago about the likely damage to the road owing to sea erosion, but no action was taken then. Now, boulders were being put along the shore to prevent sea erosion. The authorities should have taken the action before the road was damaged, he said.

Executive Engineer of the Department of Ports and Fisheries T.S. Thakur said that Deputy Commissioner P. Hemalatha had directed the department to take steps to prevent further damage to the road. Hence the department had asked a local contractor to put boulders along the coast, he said.

Two electricity poles at Mattu village were in danger of falling down owing to sea erosion, according to the Udupi taluk office.

Rainfall

According to the Control Room in the Deputy Commissioner's Office, Udupi city received 34.6 mm rainfall during the 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Wednesday.

Kundapur and Karkala towns received 33.4 mm and 40.8 mm rainfall, respectively, in the period.

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