Mangaluru/Udupi: Mixed bag of rainfall brings relief, damage

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru/Udupi (MS)

Mangaluru/Udupi, Apr 21: The twin districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi experienced heavy rainfall late Friday night and early Saturday morning, bringing both joy and sorrow to the residents.

In Mangaluru city, a two-hour downpour was accompanied by a tree falling on the road at Hampankatte, causing damage to a car and a bike.

Beltangady taluk witnessed heavy rainfall around 3 am on Saturday. The high-velocity winds accompanying the rains damaged numerous arecanut farms in Bantwal and Puttur taluks. Power outages were reported across many areas of the district due to trees falling on electricity poles and wires.

In Punaroor village of Talipady, Kinnigoli, Pushpa sustained injuries when lightning struck her house, resulting in an estimated loss of Rs 1.39 lakh due to burnt electrical equipment. Additionally, Akkaje Padmanabha's house in Dolpady village, Kaniyoor, was damaged by an arecanut tree falling on the roof.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a yellow alert for the coastal region on April 21, with predictions of continued rainfall in some parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi on April 22 and 23.

In Udupi, heavy rains lashed various areas late Friday night and early Saturday morning, including Bhamavar, Kundapur, Byndoor, Siddapur, Hebri, Padubidri, Belman, and Malpe.

The district witnessed the uprooting of over 190 electricity poles due to high-velocity winds, resulting in power outages in several areas. Damage was also reported to drainage work underway at Kadabettu in Udupi city, and a large tree was uprooted in front of the daily market, causing damage to a car and a vegetable shop.

Udupi recorded an average rainfall of 40 mm, with Karkal receiving 32.2 mm, Kundapur 51.3 mm, Udupi 35.3 mm, Byndoor 19.9 mm, Brahmavar 43.8 mm, Kaup 79.4 mm, and Hebri 38.8 mm.

The Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (Mescom) incurred a loss of Rs 32 lakh due to the rain and wind, with 192 electricity poles and 4.12 km of electricity overhead lines damaged, according to Mescom superintendent Dinesh Upadhya.




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  • Jossey Saldanha, Raheja Waterfront

    Sun, Apr 21 2024

    There is no better smell than earth after a heavy rain ...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai-Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 21 2024

    With concrete and concrete interlocking tiles every difficult to find real earth and the mesmerizing smell of "petrichor"!!

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 21 2024

    After the scant mango rains, the place has becoming simmering hot, unbearable heat for all his creations!😢 Forecasts have become a big joke...only hope now is some divine intervention...

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