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Parts of Adyarkatte in Mangalore marooned; houses damaged, crops destroyed in neighbouring district

Kumaradhara, Darpanatirtha bridges are submerged

Udupi district recorded ann average rainfall of 119.06 mm till 8 a.m. on Thursday

MANGALORE: Heavy rains since Tuesday in the catchment areas of the Netravati have marooned parts of Adyarkatte village on the stretch between Mangalore and B.C. Road on the national highway here.

The Kumaradhara bridge near the temple-town Subrahmanaya has been submerged since Wednesday. Visitors from Bangalore, Dharmasthala, and Mangalore had to take a detour of 100 km to reach there. Another bridge at Darpanatirtha was blocked for some time in the early hours of Thursday, according to sources in Subrahmanya Mandal Panchayat.

Standing crops worth Rs. 1.17 lakh was damaged in two hectares of lands, according to a report on Thursday prepared for the last 24 hours. As many as 19 houses were damaged in different parts of the district. This included a house in Manchi in Bantwal taluk, which was totally damaged.

A contingent of 89 personnel from the Natural Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) from Chennai was stationed at Bantwal as the Netravati was flowing at 0.2 m above the danger mark and stood at 8.7 m on Wednesday night, according to Bantwal tahsildar C.N. Manjunath. But the water level receded later and by Thrusday evening it was at 8.2 m.

People, including women and elderly, had to walk in waist-deep water on Wednesday and Thursday to reach the national highway. Raghav Shetty, who works in a fuel filling station here, told The Hindu that about residents of 75 houses at Adyarakatte on the (river-side) and more than 50 schoolchildren had been put to hardships. A few children could not go to their schools. Residents were unable to use their vehicles since Wednesday. He said repeated pleas to various authorities to increase the height of the road had proved futile. An old woman carrying a baby was seen struggling to negotiate a 100-m road leading to the village as it was covered with water. Pavithra, who had taken her baby Praneetha to the newly-built Paksha Krishna temple in the village had to face similar hardships.

A student from Adyarakatte, Nissar, came to her rescue and carried the baby across the floodwaters.

A resident of Adyakatte had to leave his two-wheeler near the national highway as he was unable to take it through the waters on Wednesday. The residents of the nearby Baidevu village had to take a detour to reach the national highway. Areas in Kallapu on the Mangalore-Kasaragod highway were also in waters in the early hours of Thursday, according to a few eye witnesses. The water, however, receded by afternoon, they said.

Rainfall

Puttur taluk recorded 152-mm rainfall in the past 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday. Belthangady taluk reported 116.8-mm rainfall, followed by Uppinangady 110.2 mm, Bantwal 108.5 mm, Bajpe 84.4 mm, and Sullia taluk 70.6-mm rainfall, according to official sources.

49 houses damaged

Udupi Staff Correspondent reports: As many as 49 houses were damaged and a large number of arecanut trees and a few banana plantations and other agricultural fields were destroyed owing to rains and winds in Udupi district on Thursday. According to the Kundapur taluk office, 23 houses were partially damaged in the taluk. Five houses in Shiroor taluk, three houses in Shirur village, and two houses each in Yedthare and Hosada villages, were partially damaged. A house each was partially damaged in Nada, Ampar, Kavarady, Vandse, Koteshwara, Kumbashi, Siddapura, Shiroor, and Ulthur villages. Crops, including arecanut trees, and banana plantations were destroyed in Almady, Chittur and Madamakki villages. A school building was partially damaged at Nada village. A cow shed each was damaged in Bijur, Gujjadi, Madamakki, and Almady villages. According to the Udupi taluk office, 18 houses were damaged in the taluk, including two fully damaged and 16 partially. A house each was fully damaged in Kotathattu and Hejmady villages.

Two houses were partially damaged in Uppoor, Mannur, and Belampalli villages. A house each was partially damaged in Neelawar, Tenka, Hosur, Bomarbettu, Alevoor, Heroor, Kalathur and Balakudru villages. A shop was damaged at Puttur village. An anganwadi centre and a temple were partially damaged at Tenka village. According to the Karkala taluk office, eight houses were partially damaged in the taluk. These included a house each in Neere, Kukkundur, Mala, Mundkur, Mudur, Kantar and Sooda villages. Arecanut trees were destroyed in Mala and Kukkundur villages.

Udupi district received an average rainfall of 119.06 mm in the last 24 hours ending at 8 a.m. on Thursday. The rainfall in the three taluks was: Udupi – 97 mm; Kundapur 93.4 mm; and Karkala – 166.8 mm.

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