Clouds of drought begin to clear

Clouds of drought begin to clear

Rains bring cheer to farmers in State; reservoir levels go up

Clouds of drought begin to clear

The monsoon picked up in the State on Sunday, kindling hope that it will come out of the shadow of drought soon.

The inflow in the major reservoirs increased, much to the relief of the authorities. The rains, however, left many areas inundated and put people to inconvenience.

Bagalkot district

The inflow increased to 51,033 cusec in the Almatti reservoir of Bagalkot district for the first time this season. The water level stood at 510.1 metre on Sunday evening against the maximum height of 519.6 metre.

The storage in the reservoir was recorded at 30 tmc ft. However, a mere 1,000 cusec is being let out to the 15-MW hydel power unit to the right of the dam. As many as 1.2 lakh units of power is being generated daily.

Hassan district

Agriculture activities picked up in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district with incessant rain in the last couple of days. The rainfall recorded in the taluk was 70 mm from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon.

The rain recorded between 6.15 am and 8 am on Sunday was 34 mm. Devalakere, Agani, Kadamane, Kempuhole, Hongadahalla, Attihalli, Bisile, Vanagur and other places bordering the Western Ghats received incessant rain. There was moderate rain in the Belagodu and Kasaba hoblis of the taluk.

Shimoga district

There have been moderate showers in the district in the last 24 hours, increasing the inflow into the key dams. The inflow into the Linganamakki reservoir has gone up to 34,455 cusec, following rain in the catchment areas of the Sharavati river.

The water level in the dam has increased by three feet and stands at 1,757.60 feet.

The water level in the Bhadra reservoir has crossed the barrier of 140.09 feet, following copious rain in the catchment areas of the Bhadra river.  There have been moderate rains in Teerthahalli, Sagar and Hosanagar, while there have been intermittent showers in Shikaripur, Sorab and Bhadravati.

Davangere district

There were copious rains in various parts of the district, especially in the rural areas, bringing cheers to the farmers. The rainfall was 42 mm at Sastehalli of Honnali taluk, 51 mm at Govinakovi, 41 mm at Basavapatna of Chennagiri taluk, 33.5 mm at Mayakonda in Davangere taluk, 30.5 mm at Ubrani in Harihar taluk and 26.4 mm at Lingadahalli and Kondajji as also Kunchur and Yeddihalli of Honnali taluk.

It drizzled in Davangere city with cloudy weather since morning. There were drizzles in some parts of Chitradurga district also.

Dakshina Kannada district

The bathing ghats of the Kumaradhara river at the pilgrimage town of Subramanya were inundated, causing inconvenience to the devotees. The water had risen to the level of the bridge in the river.

Heavy rain accompanied by strong wind caused widespread damage at Shiradi, near Uppinangady, on Sunday morning.

A house collapsed and areca, rubber, coconut, banana and other plantations belonging to nine farmers were damaged due to the wind.

The total loss is estimated to be Rs 50 lakh. The house of A V Pathros, a farmer based in Shiradi, collapsed and over 1,000 areca trees, 140 rubber trees, seven coconut trees and over 1,000 banana plants were uprooted.

Trees were uprooted at five different places on the National Highway, connecting Bangalore with Mangalore, that passes through Udane-Shiradi and blocked traffic from 4 am to 10 am on Sunday.

A bridge near Hosmata on the Uppinangady-Kadaba Road was inundated due to the overflowing Gundya lake.

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