Woman dies in wall collapse

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PoornimaUdupi/Mangalore/Madikeri, August 6, 2013:  A 25-year-old woman was killed when the walls of a house collapsed following heavy rain at Yelagoli Shivapur village in Karkala taluk of Udupi district on Monday night.

According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Poornima. She was sleeping inside the house along with her three children, husband Sundar and younger sister Pushpa when the mishap occurred. They were immediately taken to hospital. But Poornima succumbed to injuries on the way to the hospital.

Meanwhile, intermittent rain continued to lash Dakshina Kannada on Tuesday. Following incomplete work on widening the road at Kolnadu, flood water entered houses. The boat which capsized near the estuary on Monday could not be pulled ashore due to rough waves.

The monsoon gained momentum in Uttara Kannada district. It drizzled in Bijapur and Haveri districts of North Karnataka.

Heavy rain that lashed Kodagu district receded on Tuesday. Madikeri, Napoklu, Sampaje, Bhagamandala, Virajpet, Hudikeri, Srimangala and other areas received moderate rain.

The inflow into the State from the reservoirs in Maharashtra decreased to 1.49 lakh cusecs on Tuesday, with rains receding in the neighbouring state. Most of the bridges in Chikodi taluk of Belgaum district continue to remain under water since July 17.

Rest for thermal plants

The near-capacity storage levels in the State’s hydel reservoirs have reduced the burden on the prime coal-based thermal power plants.

Resultantly, power production has been stopped in the thermal power stations in Bellary and Raichur to take up repair and maintenance works.

Both the units of the Bellary Thermal Power Station (BTPS) have been shut down. While the operation of unit II was halted on July 17, that in unit I was suspended on August 2. The move follows a direction in this regard by the Karnataka Power Corporation.

While unit II will resume power generation on August 12, operations will restart in unit I on August 25, BTPS executive director G Ratnamma said.

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