High tides damaged several boats in the coastal taluks of Uttara Kannada. The much publicised “Sagara Kavach” operation scheduled for Monday to check the preparedness of the security forces, was cancelled.

The boats returned to the dock in Karwar, Tadadi, and other fishery ports after the authorities concerned issues warnings to fishermen. The reports of maximum damages have come from Bhatkal taluk. Bengre, Sasihitlu, Ulaman, Sanabavi, Bailuru, Mavalli, Belke, and Mavinakurve bore the brunt of high tides. Fifteen boats were damaged at Bengre village alone.

On Sunday night, water entered 40 houses in Sasihitlu. The water-level increased on Monday and hence the administration planned to shift people to safe places. At Bengre, groundnuts were completely destroyed because of salt water.

Hundreds of acres of crops were destroyed in the taluk. Tow fishing boats were completely destroyed in Mavalli village. Five small boats in Bailuru, 10 boats in Sanabavi, and 14 in Belke were destroyed.

The farmers were shocked by these repeated high tides and destruction of property and crops every year.

They blamed the officials of the Minor Irrigation Department for this.

Many public representatives, including J.D. Naik, local MLA, and panchayat members and officials visited the spot.

There was no report of any major loss of property from other coastal taluks.

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