Unrelenting rains claim one more life in State

Paddy on large tracts of land damaged in Udupi

RAIN FURY: Harvested paddy damaged in a village of Udupi district. DH Photo

Lightning struck Gangappa Gaudager (56) killing him on the spot at Kallur village of Dharwad and injuring another.

Gangappa was working in his field when the lightning struck him. Heavy rains have been lashing Dharwad district since Friday.

Normal life was thrown out of gear as incessant rains continued to pound Udupi district for the second day. Farmers bore the brunt of the rain fury as paddy harvested in hundreds of acres were destroyed at Kinnimulki, Ambalpadi, Kannarpadi and other villages.

Low-lying areas were inundated and roads were flooded affecting vehicular movement.
A house partially collapsed in Hejamadi village. Udupi recorded 96.40 mm rainfall followed by Karkala (70.2 mm).

Uninterrupted rains in Uttar Kannada have posed threat to paddy. The crop, ready for harvesting,  would decay if the rains do not relent. Water has stagnated in 400 acres of paddy fields in Ankola.

Rain water has inundated paddy crop on  as much as 400 acres in Ankola, 29 acres in Joida, and nearly nine acres in Yallapur taluks. The damage is yet to be ascertained, Agriculture Department officials told Deccan Herald. However, rains took a break on Saturday bringing a respite to the worried farmers. In Malnad, Shimoga district received moderate rains on Saturday. Day-long drizzling has been reported from Hosanagar, Teerthahalli and Sagar taluks. Dank weather prevailed in the district for the entire day.

The water levels in Linganamakki and Bhadra reservoir rose marginally following rains.

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