Strong winds uproot trees in reserve forest, damage crops

The winds that swept an area with a radius of 8 km also destroyed a few houses, shops, arecanut, coconut and banana trees in many areas resulting in a loss of several lakhs of rupees, they said.

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Mangaluru, Nov 3: A very strong whirlwind that  lashed many parts of Siribagilu village in Puttur taluk of  Dakshina Kannada district on November 1 evening left a trail  of destruction in the reserve forests and nearby places,  uprooting several trees and damaging crops in the region,  Forest department officials said today.

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The winds that swept an area with a radius of 8 km also destroyed a few houses, shops, arecanut, coconut and  banana trees in many areas resulting in a loss of several  lakhs of rupees, they said.

Traffic movement on Gundya-Subrahmanya road came to a halt following the winds as several uprooted trees from both sides fell on the road between Manibandha and Anila villages.

Traffic was partially restored yesterday with locals and forest department staff cutting and removing the trees. It would take at least a week to clear all the tree  branches from the road, they said.

Mangaluru Electricity Supply Company (MESCOM) sources said several electric poles had suffered damage in the wind  and the loss was estimated at Rs seven lakh.

After visiting the spot, Subrahmanya range Forest Officer N Manjunath told reporters that the fallen trees could be seen from the road in a stretch of 400 to 500 acres inside the forest.

Puttur taluk Tahsildar Anant Shankar, assistant  superintendent of police Rishyanth,  MESCOM engineers and  police officials from Subrahmanya and Uppinangady also visited  the affected areas.

Puttur taluk agricultural produce marketing committee president Krishna Shetty in a statement requested the the government to pay compensation to affected farmers at the rate of Rs one lakh per acre of crops destroyed.

PTI

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