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Cyclone Tauktae claims four lives in Karnataka

According to Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials 73 villages in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Chikmagalur and Hassan Districts have been badly affected.

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Mangaluru: Tauktae cyclone, developed deep in Arabian sea, has so far claimed 4 lives and made life miserable in more than 73 villages of coastal Karnataka and Malnad districts.

According to Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority officials 73 villages in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Chikmagalur and Hassan Districts have been badly affected.

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Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said in Bengaluru that around 1,000 trained personnel from Fire Force, police, coastal police, home guards, SDRF have been deployed in three coastal districts and they will work in coordination.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa instructed district in-charge Ministers and Deputy Commissioners to visit affected areas and supervise rescue and relief works.

He also directed the officials to call the Ministers concerned or him directly if in need of any emergency assistance from the government.

The NITK seashore highway between Surathkal Mild Home and NITK Seaside, was badly damaged due to strong waves.

The district administration has taken steps to maneuver households dwelling alongside the fisheries highway in Sasihithlu, Hosabettu, Meenakaliya, Panambur, Ullal and Ullal Someshwar to reduction centres.

As many as 100 individuals from Sasihitlu, the place where a part of the seashore has been eroded, have been moved to a relief centre. As many as 50 individuals close to Ullal Masjid, 30 from Kotepura Ullal, 33 from Hoige Bazar, and 14 individuals from Panambur and Someshwar have also been moved to relief centres.

Two people died on Sunday in Khanapur taluk of Belagavi District when a wall collapsed on them due to heavy rains.

Police said the deceased have been identified as Doddava Patteda (60) and her grandson Abhishek (3), two injured have been admitted to hospital.

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