Floods, Fury, devastation strike in 3 districts by heavy rains

6:04 PM, Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

heavy rainMangalore: The 3 districts of DK, Udupi and Kodagu have been receiving heavy rainfall every evening deep into the night and early morning to drive away heat and raise business in raincoats and sturdy umbrellas. Low-lying areas in Malnad area of Coastal Towns and Coorg forests stand in undated. House collapses and minor bridges under water are becoming common as Aati (a rainy month, also called Aashaad) arrives. A solar eclipse at the north pole (June 1) and a total eclipse of the Full Moon (June 15) are in the past, but the third (solar) eclipse in 30 days this year is coming on July, causing fears of fabulous rain fury, landslides, and falling trees/electric poles among coastal citizens.
heavy rainThese people and MCC (and other town councils) hardly bother about devastations on the shores, and the interior parts of the 3 districts. Movement of people, students and vehicles is hampered by bad and broken roads under partial repairs in DK- Udupi.
Copious rains create holidays for children who cannot attend schools or are sick at home with red eyes, coughs and fever, as in Udupi dt.. Rivers and brooklets are flooded, so also roods. Moodabidri had closed schools in view of raging rains.
A hillock had a landslide in Aranthodu near Sullia, causing loss of 3 lakhs of rupees due to house collapse with mud and debris crashing down. In Ulaibettu, a light pole and a tree fell on two houses on Sunday night. Sounds like Delhi Police waking up Ramdev and companions in Delhi Ramlila. A tree fell on a house in Vitla at Kodapadavu in fierce winds and driving rains. The compound wall of a Govt-run primary school in Kambala Bettu had collapsed on June 26.
The Arabian Sea was craving for victims with high sounds of rolling waves while river waters rose up in Kumaradhara, Payaswini and Netravathi, besides so many rivulets on the coastal hills and in waterfalls of Coorg. A farm was destroyed by land caving at Udupi Power Corporation’s fly-ash dumping ground in santoor near Padubidri. Rescue/Relief works are taken up by local bodies.

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