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Rain damage Rs. 30 crore in district

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CUT OFF: J. Krishna Palemar, district in-charge minister, at the flooded Kallapu in Mangalore on Saturday.
CUT OFF: J. Krishna Palemar, district in-charge minister, at the flooded Kallapu in Mangalore on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

400 houses destroyed, crops on 75 hectare of land washed away in Dakshina Kannada

12 persons have lost their lives in this year’s monsoon

Gruel centres to be opened for people in low-lying area

MANGALORE: District in-charge Minister J. Krisha Palemar said that Dakshina Kannada the value of property damaged owing to rains in the district was over Rs. 30 crore.

Addressing presspersons after visiting the flood-hit areas he said that 385 houses had been partially damaged and 15 had been completely damaged. Agricultural crops in 75 hectare of lands had been destroyed. Twelve persons had lost their lives in rain-related incidents, including a 16-year-old boy who drowned at Adkar in Sullia taluk.

Mr. Palemar said that the Chief Minister had announced a relief of Rs. 5 crore for the district. Gruel centres would be opened in the district for people likely to be evacuated from low-lying areas because of inundation, he said.

Earlier, the Minister faced the wrath of teachers and members of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) of the St. Theresa School near Balmatta, who protested against the poor condition of the road in front of the school.

Pointing at the potholes and the sharp edges of huge stones that had protruded from the surface, Elizabeth, a member of the PTA, asked the Minister, “How are children able to walk on this road?” She said that the drivers of autorickshaws, by which most of the children came to school, had started leaving the children at some distance away from the school as they were unable to leave them at the gate.

A teacher criticised the officials for having taken up the concreting of the road when there was no alternative access to the children, even as the concreting of the nearby Bendorewell- Bendoor Road was still under way. Mr. Palemar said: “People have to bear with such inconvenience for the sake of development.” .

Bhavani (75) at Bangra Kulai, however, did not venture out of her flooded house. She silently watched the Minister taking a look at her house. She told The Hindu that a week ago, the floodwaters had entered her 90-year-old house. Her four-member family had to stay in relative’s house for a day.

Mr. Palemar visited Kodikal-Jokatte where the house of Ashok Kumar (31) had been damaged owing to landslip. The Minister visited the Zilla Panchayat Urdu Higher Primary School at Patla as its building had been surrounded by floodwaters.

Rainfall

Belthangady taluk recorded 156.4-mm rainfall in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Saturday. Puttur taluk received a rainfall of 132 mm followed by Uppinangady 119.4 mm, Bantwal taluk 81 mm, Sullia taluk 60.2 mm, Bajpe 50.8 mm, and Mangalore taluk 26.6 mm, according to official sources. The water level in Nethravati River at Bantwal was 8.4 m on Saturday.

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