Heavy rain washes away crops

Paddy, areca and coconut bear the brunt in Hassan district

An inundated paddy field in Machagowdahalli of Arakalagud taluk, Hassan district. DH Photo

Rain water has gushed into areca gardens and farmlands adjoining the tanks in villages of Mallipatna, Doddamagge and Ramanthapura hoblis.While coconut gardens have been inundated, ginger plantations have sufferred extensive loss. Paddy grown in hundreds of acres has been washed away. Several minor tanks have breached and mini bridges have collapsed. It has rained 10 cm in Arakalaugud. Mallipatna has recorded 6.8 cm of rain while it has rained 6.2 cm in Ramanthapur and Konanur. Officials of the Revenue department visited the affected areas to assess the damage.

The road connectivity between Belaganahalli and Toravalli villages has cut off as Hebballa reservoir in HD Kote taluk is overflowing. A bridge constructed midway goes under water even if it rains moderately. Residents of the two villages have to take a 10-km circuitous route to reach HD Kote. A few buses which ply to the villages do not operate if the bridge overflows, villagers said. Students, patients and daily wage workers have been put into trouble due to the snapped connectivity.

The residents have accused the taluk administration of apathy in addressing the problem.
Similar downpour in Shanivara Santhe of Somwarpet taluk has wrecked havoc. Overflowing tanks have damaged the roads badly. Telephone poles have been uprooted at many places disrupting connectivity. Ankanahalli, a village of about 50 families may be cut off the remaining parts of the district, if the rain continues.

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