Rains claim 3 more lives in DK, Kodagu, Chikmagalur

boat on the street A man going in a boat on the street to reach his house at Panemangalore near Bantwal, after the water-level in River Nethravathi crossed the danger mark, on Saturday. The Panemangalore bridge is seen in the backdrop. DH photo

 Incessant rains have claimed three more lives - one each in Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Chikmagalur.

In Dakshina Kannada, a four-year old boy drowned in Panya in Godimbala village in Kadaba on Saturday. The deceased has been identified as Deekshith (4), son of Sheenappa. He accidentally fell into a stream which was flowing in front of his house.
In another incident in Kodagu, 52-year-old Palachanda Ganapathy washed away when he was trying to cross the stream at Bollumadu village of Virajpet taluk. The body was found on Saturday evening.

In yet another incident, Surangada Ramappa (45), a physically handicapped teacher at higher primary school in Banakal accidentally slipped into a pond and drowned.

Puttur and Moodbidre taluks received a record rainfall of 135 mm and 137.2 mm respectively in the last 24 hours.

Following the incessant rains and steep rise in water-levels in River Kumaradhara and River Nethravathi, the water entered Sahasralingeshwara temple at Uppinangady, popularly known as Sangama Kshetra. In fact, the priests offered bagina after the temple was covered on all sides by flood water. A large number of people thronged the site to witness the rare event.

The flood waters also entered Bantwal town as the River Nethravathi is flowing above the danger-level.

Meanwhile, the NH-48 was blocked on Saturday morning for over two hours after the Mangalore-Bangalore highway was inundated at Udane. As a result, the buses travelling to and from Bangalore were stranded. The vehicles usually take an alternative route via Ichalampady whenever the traffic on the highway gets affected, but they could not do so, as the road at Ichalampady had caved in.

In Udupi
In the last 24 hours, Udupi district received 132.06 mm rainfall and the loss has been estimated at Rs 37.55 lakh.
Though there was no rain on Saturday, several places continued to be inundated in floods owing to the heavy rains on Friday night. Uppur, Heroor, Kalyanapura, Alevoor, Kodangala, Heerebettu, Mattu near Kaup, Matadakudru, Bolje, Forest gate near Katpady, low laying areas in Shirva have been inundated.

In Kodagu
The rain toll has raised to four in Kodagu. Heavy rains which lashed Kodagu subsided on Saturday. The flood situation also subsided. The flood situation in Bhagamandala remained the same. The water-level on Bethri bridge has reduced. As a result, the vehicular movement between Madikeri-Virajpe commenced. Talacauvery-Bhagamandala received heavy rains in the afternoon. Three feet water was flowing over Bhagamandala-Madikeri road. The water level in Harangi stood at 2856.64 feet. The inflow of water is 16,337 cusecs. 2,375 cusecs water is let into the river.

Rains intensified throughout the district on Saturday. River Bhandra has entered fields in Balehonnur. A bridge which connects N R Pura too has been inundated.
Valehonnur-Kalasa road is inundated, thus disrupting the movement of vehicles. A house in Hosuru collapsed.

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