Rain fury unabated in State; crops, houses damaged

Villages in Harapanahalli taluk marooned, no loss of life

As many as 321 houses collapsed in Chitradurga as rain pounded the district since Thursday night. Maize and paddy crops in vast tracts of land were washed away in Hiriyur and Holalkere taluks. The district had been receiving heavy rains since the early this month.

Davangere

The neighbouring district of Davangere too has bore the brunt of the battering. More than 300 houses have caved in and several villages in Harapanahalli taluk were marooned. Overflowing Sulekere tank in flooded ten villages in Channagiri taluk. Majority of the water bodies in the district have been overflowing snapping road connectivity at several places.

Haveri

Reports of widespread rain damage have also been received from adjoining districts of Haveri and Bellary. Standing crops in over 330 acres were damaged in Kudligi and Hospet taluks. Four tanks are overflowing in Hospet taluk and 130 houses have partially collapsed. A bullock died in a wall collapse in Haveri district. The untimely rains have brought the agricultural activities to a grinding halt. Farmers are fearing loss of paddy, maize and cotton which should have been harvested. The district has registered 164.3 mm of rain since Thursday night.

The situation is no different in Dharwad district.

Hassan

Property worth more than Rs 15 lakh has been damaged due to the heavy rain that lashed various parts of Hassan district since Wednesday.

According to district administration, more than 106 houses collapsed in various taluks of the district during the past two days. Several tanks in the district were flowing above the danger mark. More than 50 hectares of agricultural land was under water.

A girl named Meghana died as lightning struck her in Arakalgud. Tahsildar presented a cheque of Rs one lakh as ex gratia to the family of the deceased. Holenarasipur recorded a rainfall of 78 mm followed by Arakalgud with 70.6 mm.

Five persons and 39 cattle have died in rain-related incidents so far in the district this year. The total property loss has been estimated at Rs 18.60 crore.

Several water bodies are overflowing affecting vehicular traffic due to the incessant rain that lashed Krishnarajapet taluk on Thursday night. Five tanks had breached on account of a similar rain five years ago causing widespread damage.

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