Downpour claims three more lives

 Narayana Nayaka (52) was washed away in Tunga river at Chithrakoota Koppa taluk. He fell into the river while crossing the river over a submerged bridge. In another incident, Shekhar (26), a farmer, drowned in a overflowing stream in his plantation.

Ganesh (17) drowned while bathing in a stream at at Adkaru in Jalsooru village of Sullia taluk. Fire Service personnel and Home Guards have retrieved the body. With the death of Ganesh, the monsoon death toll has gone up to 12 in Dakshina Kannada district.

Two missing

Meanwhile, two persons who went in a coracle for fishing in backwaters of river Kapila, are missing since Thursday night. The names of the missing persons are given as Channanaika alias Byasige and Rajendra. The taluk administration launched a search operation using two boats from Bandipur National Park. The two are yet to be traced. Meanwhile, tahsildhar has appealed people living in low lying areas to move to safer places as 60,000 cusecs of water is being released from Kabini reservoir to river Kapila.

Warning

The authorities of Gorur dam have asked the people living on the banks of river Hemavathi to shift to safe places as the crest gates of the dam would be opened owing to heavy inflow. It has been raining heavily in the catchment areas of the dam.

Agricultural activities have suffered a severe setback in Shimoga district though rains took a break on Friday. Over 30,000 acre of paddy fields are inundated. Tunga river has flooded low lying areas in Mandagadde and Shimoga city due to which more than 400 people have been displaced.

River Krishna in Belgaum district continued to rise following discharge of water from Maharashtra. Both river Krishna and Doodhganga were in full spate and nearing danger mark.

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