The Hindu , 30 May 2006

Seven houses damaged in Ullal sea erosion

MANGALORE: Moderate to heavy rain accompanied by gusty wind continued to lash Dakshina Kannada for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.

Ashok G. Bhat, headquarter's assistant to the Deputy Commissioner, said that seven houses had been damaged in Ullal owing to sea erosion.

The affected families had been rehabilitated in a nearby government school.

The revenue authorities had opened a gruel centre for the affected persons, he said.

According to preliminary reports, Mr. Bhat said, 30 "pucca" and 17 "kachcha" houses had been partially damaged in the district owing to heavy rain.

Minister's visit

District in-charge Minister B. Nagaraj Shetty visited the areas affected by sea erosion at Ullal on Monday morning.

According to official sources, Bantwal received 158.2 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours ending 8 a.m. on Monday.

Belthangady recorded 157. 2 mm rain, Puttur 116 mm, Sullia 114.4 mm, Uppinangady 85 mm and Mangalore 69.4 mm.

The Bajpe airport recorded 122 mm rainfall during the period.

The academic year 2006-07 started in the district on Monday with children attending school in rain. According to police, no rain-related deaths had been reported in the district.

M.R. Vasudeva, Director of the Airports Authority of India, Bajpe airport, said all flights operated from the airport on Monday.

However, there were some changes in flight timings because of rain, Mr. Vasudeva added.