Loss of property since July 1 is estimated at Rs. 30 crore: Acharya
1,534-km-long coastline in the district has been affected by sea erosion
Rs. 5 crore each relief fund has been released to six worst-affected districts in the State: Minister
Udupi: A person lost his life, a school and three houses were partially damaged in Udupi district owing to rains and wind on Sunday.
In Karkala taluk, John Mascarenhas (72), resident of Nallur village, died after slipping into a rivulet from a footbridge at Hukkrate village.
A house was damaged at Konkanerebettu village in the taluk.
In Kundapur taluk, roofs of three classrooms at the Zilla Panchayat Higher Primary School in Tarapati village collapsed owing to rains.
A house each was partially damaged in Badanidiyur and Shiroor villages. Sea erosion was reported from Bada Yermal and nearby villages.
Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Sunday that the damage owing to monsoon in the district since July 1 was estimated at Rs. 30 crore. Addressing presspersons after a review meeting here, Dr. Acharya said that a detailed report on the damage to life and property in the district would be presented to the Government in a week’s time. 1,534-m coastline had been affected owing to sea erosion in the district, he added. A Rs. 2.06-crore proposal for the construction of temporary sea wall to prevent erosion in the district had been forwarded to the Government. The district received 148 cm rainfall at an average of 8.2 cm a day from in July. The Government had released Rs. 5 crore each to six districts, which were severely affected by rains, and Rs. 2 crore each to five districts, which were moderately affected. Besides, Rs. 1 crore each had been released to the remaining 18 districts to deal with problems arising out of monsoon, he said. MLA Lalaji Mendon said that sea erosion was severe in places such as Tenka Yermal, Bada Yermal, Uchchila, Muloor, Uliyargoli, Udyavara, Kanakola, Padukere, and Kaipunjal villages. He urged the Minister to provide mechanised boats to ferry schoolchildren in these villages. Stating that his constituency was the worst affected by monsoon in the district, Karkala MLA Gopal Bhandary urged the Minister to provide more funds for re-construction.
MLA Lakshminarayana said that roads had been severely damaged in the district.
Secretary for Udupi district Ramesh Zalki, Regional Commissioner Jayanti, president of Udupi City Municipal Council Dinakar Shetty, in-charge Deputy Commissioner Prasanna Kumar, and Superintendent of Police Pravin Pawar were present.
Earlier, Dr. Acharya visited Bada Yermal village which had been severely affected by sea erosion.