Udupi, (The Hindu): 60 houses damaged, fields destroyed in Udupi district. A man went missing in the Varahi river canal, while over 60 houses were damaged and several fields and plantations were destroyed owing to heavy rain accompanied by winds across Udupi district on Tuesday.
Priyanka Mary Francis, Deputy Commissioner, told The Hindu that Shankar Poojary, 50, was washed away in the Varahi waters at Siddapura village and efforts were on to trace him.
Houses and fields in the low-lying areas of the district were flooded in villages including Uppoor, Havanje, Haklady, Barangady, Hadavu, Salbuda, Gulvady, Kavarady, Halnad, Badakere, Bagu, Padukone, Senapura, Navunda, Arehole, and Konki.
People from many of these areas were evacuated to safer places and put up in Ganji Kendras at Tallur, Haklady, and Gulvady. “Over 100 people had their food in these kendras. Many had left to their homes where the flood waters receded,” Ms. Francis said. Rivers including Varahi, Kubja, Chakra, Khetaki, Souparnika, Swarna, and Sita were in spate. As many as 64 properties were damaged across the district and the total loss was estimated at Rs35.79 lakh.
Over 20 houses in villages including Kukkundur, Mala, Miyar, Mudar, Kadtala, Kasaba, and Shirlal were damaged, while a school building and fields were damaged at Kukkundur in Karkala taluk and the loss was estimated at Rs 18.59 lakh.
Six houses were damaged in Kundapur taluk — two at Ajri village, one each in Kundabarangady, Gulvady, Haklady, and Voderhobli. The loss of all six houses taken together was estimated at Rs.1.2 lakh.
Eighteen houses — 15 at Pernankila, two at Shivally, and one at Manipura — were damaged in Udupi taluk and the loss was estimated at Rs.15 lakh. Four houses — two at Vaddarse, and one each at Havanje and Achalady — were damaged in Brahmavar taluk and the loss was estimated at Rs2.75 lakh.
Nine houses — four at Uliyargoli, two each at Kote and Hejmady, and one at Padebettu — were damaged in Kaup taluk and the loss was estimated at Rs6 lakh.
Water from the Kubja entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple at Kamalashile, while water from Bhasmakunda rivulet entered the Sri Brahmalingeshwara Temple at Maranakatte.
In the 24 hours that ended at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday, Udupi received 155.3 mm rainfall, while Kundapur and Karkala towns received 223.9 mm and 152.1 mm rainfall, respectively.
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