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Monsoon picks up in Dakshina Kannada

Staff Correspondent



WATERLOGGED: A heavy spell of rain which lashed Mangalore and its surrounding areas on Saturday left many low-lying areas such as this one at Falnir flooded.

MANGALORE: The monsoon has picked up in Dakshina Kannada district as many parts of the district are experiencing moderate to heavy rain since Friday.

Mangalore city and surrounding areas received good rainfall on Saturday inundating parts of many roads, including the NH 17 near Kottara Chowki.

Four houses near Phalnir were damaged when a compound wall collapsed. In Jeepinamogaru a tree fell on a house. Officials estimated the damage to be around Rs. 40,000. However, no one was injured in the two incidents.

In the last 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on Saturday, Mangalore received the maximum of 42.6 mm of rain. The rainfall in Puttur during the period stood at 37 mm, followed by Bantwal (31.6 mm). Belthangady received 27.8 mm of rain and Sullia (22.6 mm). Bajpe airport recorded 26.8 mm of rainfall and Uppinangady (26.2 mm). According to an official press release, the district recorded 804.3 mm of rainfall between June 8 and June 18 this year (2005). The district recorded 2,191.4 mm of rainfall during the same period last year (2004).

Details of rainfall recorded in taluks during the same period this year is as follows. Last year's rainfall recorded during the same period is given in brackets.

Mangalore 235.8 mm (333.4 mm), Bantwal 135.6 mm (428.6 mm), Belthangady 145.6 mm (492.7 mm); Puttur 131.2 mm (528.3 mm) and Sullia 165.4 mm (408.4 mm).

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