Continued rain worries farmers

Disaster: Paddy, sugarcane, coconut fields inundated; tanks, lakes breach in villages

Crops worth lakhs of rupees such as paddy, sugarcane, areacanut, banana plantation and others are inundated as lakes and canal breached. Traffic was completely thrown out of gear at several parts.


In Srirangapatna of Mandya district, the lowlying areas, paddy, sugarcane and other agricultural fields lie underwater in many parts of the taluk when 41,000 cusecs of water released from KRS reservoir on Saturday wee hours following heavy rains in the reservoir catchment areas from last two days, entered them. 

Water has entered Sai Seva Orphanage Ashram on Mysore-Bangalore road in the town near Pashchimavahini. There is about three feet water inside the ashram, making it difficult for the inmates to live.

Paddy, sugarcane and coconut fields have not been spared either. Areas such as Doddegowdanakoppal, Mahadevapura, Ganjam and other villages of the taluk have been highly affected.

Boating activities were suspended in the famous Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary in the taluk following release of water from KRS reservoir to Cauvery river.

 Many parts of the sanctuary is submerged, but there is no threat to flora and fauna in the region, according the Forest Department officials of the taluk.

As per the official reports, about 12 houses collapsed following heavy rains. Speaking to Deccan Herald Tahsildhar Arulkumar informed that Revenue department officials was already inspected the affected villages and compensation would be distributed very soon.


In Arakalgud of Hassan district, paddy, areacanut, banana plantation was destroyed when the Hemavathy right bank canal breached and water entered the agricultural fields near Hulikal village of the taluk on Thursday night.

The villagers charged the officials of the district administration for not taking any mitigatory step though several complaints filed by them in this regard in the earlier days.
The officials never set the problem completely right when the same canal breached  last year October, 2009.

They demanded the district administration for compensation and threatened to launch an agitation, if their demands are not met within few days.

Upon receiving information, MLA  A Manju inspected the spot on Saturday and directed the concerned officials to take all steps to stop canal breach and distribute compensation to the affected farmers.

Meanwhile, 45 houses damaged in the villages of the taluk due to heavy rains from last three days.

Houses collapsed in the villages of Venkategowdanakoppal, Ramanathapura, Mallipattana and Doodamagge. 

Traffic was thrown out of gear near Hirehallikoppal of the taluk when the water from village lake overflowing on roads following heavy rains. A buffalo was died at Rudrapatna village.

Tahsildhar M K Savitha visited the affected villages and promised for distribution of compensation.


In Holenarasipur, paddy crops were badly damaged when Hemavathy canal breached near Hucchanakoppal village of the taluk on Saturday, following heavy rains.

The farmers of the village held engineers of Water Resources Department responsible for this incident as they failed to take steps to repair the canal inspite of several complaints from them.

They urged the concerned officials to set right this problem. A portion of houses have collapsed in many villages of the taluk.  A cow died in Mallappanahalli village of Holenarasipur taluk when a portion of the house collapsed on it on Friday night.

In the first of its kind incident in recent years, the water is overflowing on roads as Amanikere lake reached its maximum level on Hassan-Mysore road.


In Nanjangud of Mysore district, traffic was affected near Basavanapura on the outskirts of the town on Saturday, as the under pass road was waterlogged following the breach of Srirampura canal due to heavy rains in the region.

Two and four wheelers struggled hard to reach the town as the taluk administration not made any alternate arrangements.  Several houses were damaged in Maralur, Echagundla, Koulande and other villages. Meanwhile, the residents of the town charged the taluk administration for malfunctioning of Disaster Management Cell as there is no latest information in connection with rain damage.


In Saligrama of K R Nagar taluk, paddy crops were damaged when Kattepura canal breached near Kaggala village Chunchanakatte hobli of the taluk on Saturday night. Several houses collapsed in many villages of Saligrama and Chunchanakatte hobli in K R Nagar taluk.   

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