Mangaluru/Udupi: A mixed pocket of rain brings relief and harm

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru/Udupi (MS)

Mangaluru/Udupi, April 21: The two districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi received heavy rainfall late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, bringing both joy and sorrow to residents.

In Mangaluru city, a two-hour rainstorm resulted in a tree falling on the road near Hampankatte, causing damage to a car and a bicycle.

Beltangady taluk witnessed heavy rainfall around 3 am on Saturday. The high wind speeds accompanying the rain damaged numerous arecanut farms in Bantwal and Puttur taluks. Power outages were reported in many parts of the district as trees fell on electricity poles and wires.

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

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

Heavy rains lashed Udupi late Friday evening and early Saturday morning, including Bhamavar, Kundapur, Byndoor, Siddapur, Hebri, Padubidri, Belman and Malpe.

The district witnessed the uprooting of more than 190 electricity poles due to strong winds, resulting in power cuts in several areas. Damage was also reported during the drainage work underway at Kadabettu in Udupi town 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, 8mm.

The Mangalore Electricity Supply Company (Mescom) suffered a loss of Rs 32 lakh due to the rain and wind, damaging 192 electricity poles and 4.12 km of overhead power lines, Mescom Superintendent Dinesh Upadhya said.