Rain claims four lives in State

Deaths in Belgaum, Kodagu, Udupi dists

Four persons lost their lives - two in Belgaum and one each in Udupi and Kodagu districts. As many as 13 houses have partially collapsed in Haveri district, while several roads are inundated in Belgaum district.

Two feared drowned
Two persons are feared to have been washed away in the River Hiranyakeshi, in Hukkeri taluk Belgaum district on Friday.

Police said, the accident occurred when the two, riding a motorbike, were trying to cross a flooded bridge connecting Gotur in Hukkeri taluk to Khanagaon in Maharashtra.
By the time the villagers rushed to save them, they were pulled into the strong currents along with their vehicle. A rescue boat from Gadhinglaj village, Kolhapur district was used to search the victims. The rescue operations are on. Hukkeri Tahsildar I A Akkiwat told Deccan Herald that the victims could not be identified.

Roads inundated
Rain continued to lash the district on Friday also. As many as 10 roads, including two in Khanapur taluk, one in Gokak taluk and seven in Chikodi taluk have been inundated.
Several bridges and barrages including an old bridge and Asoga bridge in Khanapur, Konnur-Dhupdal bridge in Gokak, Kallol-Yadur bridge, Sadalga-Janwad bridge, Sidnal-Akkol barrage, Malikwad-Datwad barrage, Jatrat-Bhivashi barrage, Karadga-Bhoj bridge and Bhoj-Hunnargi barrage in Chikodi have submerged.

A total of 63,000 cusec of water from the Rajapur barrage in Maharashtra is being released into River Krishna.

The water levels in Rivers Malaprabha and Markandeya continued to rise due to heavy rainfall in the catchment areas. The Hidkal dam in the district is almost full.

13 houses collapse
As many as 13 houses have partially collapsed due to incessant rain in Haveri district for the last few days. Nine houses have been collapsed in Haveri taluk, two in Ranebennur, one each in Hirekerur and Byadagi taluks.

Rain receded on Friday and thick clouds dotted the sky in the morning and evening. With no rainfall, life was back to normal. The district has received  79.5 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Haveri taluk has received 7.3 mm of rainfall, Ranebennur taluk has received 3.5 mm, Byadagi taluk has received 28.8 mm, Hirekerur taluk has received 11.6 mm, Savanur taluk has received 0.5 mm and Shiggaon has received 2.0 of rainfall.

One washed away in Udupi
A person was washed away when his raft overturned at Padukere in Manur village, Udupi district on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Raghavendra Marakala. He, along with his two friends, had gone for fishing when the mishap occurred. His two friends swam back to the shore. The body of Raghavendra is yet to be retrieved.

One dies in Madikeri
A youth from Mangaladevi in Madikeri was killed on the spot in the early hours of Friday, when a portion of a house collapsed.

Identified as Pradeep, the only son of Kumar couple, he was pursuing BCA in FMC College in the City. Pradeep’s sister Jessica was also injured. The family was asleep when the accident occurred. Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah visited the family and handed over a cheque for Rs one lakh as compensation. City Municipal Council President Nanda Kumar handed over a cheque for Rs 50,000 to the victim’s family.

In-charge Deputy Commissioner K M Chandre Gowda has declared a holiday to schools and colleges on Saturday, following heavy rainfall which continued to lash Kodagu for the fourth day.

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