Rain pounds State, two more dead

Rain pounds State, two more dead

Schools closed in Kodagu today; respite in Karwar

In the last three days, the coastal districts of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada have recorded an average rainfall of 267 mm against the average rainfall of 108.9 mm recorded in the past 40 years, said the officers of the Revenue Department.

Mahesh (18) of Holemarur, Soraba taluk was washed away in flash floods Monday afternoon, when he had gone to graze the cattle. The body of Jayalakshmi (22) who went missing in Uppiankodaru, Dakshina Kannada district, was found in River Sowparnika. Eleven houses were damaged in Attavara, Mangalore when a tree came crashing on the houses.

Landslide occurred at two locations on Charmadi Ghat though rain relented in Chikmagalur. The Kodagu district administration has declared holiday for schools on Tuesday also. Colleges will, however function as usual.

The swollen Varada river in Shimoga district has posed a threat for residents along its bank. Several low-lying areas, roads and bridges were inundated as the inflow into Krishna and its tributaries increased due to the deluge in south Maharashtra.

Seven bridges in Chikkodi taluk and one in Khanapur taluk were under water. However, rain receded in Uttara Kannada district on Monday.

Relents in Karwar

Water level went down in Kali, Gangavali, Sharavati, Aghanashini, Gundabala and Badagani rivers in Honnavar and Kumta taluks. The  residents camping in gruel centres have returned home. But, Yallapur was an exception with heavy downpour in which five houses were damaged. 

The floods in the past four days, have caused crop loss on 1,172 hectares in 115 villages of Ankola, Kumta, Honnavar, Siddapur and Haliyala.

Water level in Linganamakki reservoir rose to 1783.20 feet. The inflow into the reservoir has come down on account of the landslide behind the four-bay power channel of Mahatma Gandhi Hydro-power station.

Water level  in Bhadra reservoir went up to 164.4 feet. Tungabhadra reservoir had an inflow of 50,000 cusec and is likely to cross one lakh cusec by Tuesday morning, said officials of the Tungabhadra Board. Water would be released from the dam if rain continued for the next few days.

Water level went up by two feet (105.42 feet) in a day in the KRS reservoir. People in low-lying areas of Narayanpur dam have been cautioned to shift to safer places.

Review meet

Chief Minister Yeddyurappa held a review meet to assess the rain damage in Bangalore on Monday. Education Minister V S Acharya conducted a similar meeting in Udupi.

The district authorities are catering to residents shifted to 19 relief camps and about 29 rescue boats have been pressed into service.

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