Rain disrupts traffic on key roads

Rain disrupts traffic on key roads

Rains continued to lash Dakshina Kannada district on Sunday. The movement of vehicles was disrupted for more than three hours when two trees fell on the Bantwal-Mani stretch of National Highway-48.

The bridge leading to Subramanya temple was flooded for 13 hours since Saturday night. Devotees who had come from Bangalore, Hassan and Mangalore had to wait till water on the bridge receded on Sunday, to visit the temple.

Almost all rivers are in spate and if the heavy rains continue for a day or two, the water level may cross the danger mark.

Chikmagalur

With the district receiving copious rainfall, the water level in the streams and rivers has increased steadily, inundating agriculture fields.

Following heavy rainfall, a road caved in at Channekallu in Koppa taluk. As a result, movement of vehicles on the Jayapura-Basarikatte road, which provides connectivity to Horanadu, has been blocked. A house collapsed at Balehonnur, following heavy showers.

With the uprooting of trees at Kerekatte and Nemmaru in Sringeri taluk, the movement of vehicles on the Karkala-Mangalore road has been disrupted.

A few villages do not have electricity in Sringeri taluk for the last two days.

Kodagu

With continuous rains lashing the district, the district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges on Monday too.

Bhagamandala, Madikeri, Napoklu, Sampaje, Shanthalli and Srimangala received good rainfall. With the flooding of Nittur village, the movement of vehicles was disrupted for a few hours. The movement of vehicles on the Napoklu-Murnadu road has also been affected. Shanthalli has received the highest of 151.6 mm of rainfall, followed by Madikeri 101.4 mm and Bhagamandala 91 mm.

Flood in Chikodi

With heavy rains continuing in the southern parts of Maharashtra, the inflow into the Krishna river and its tributaries reaching over one lakh cusecs and the neighbouring state releasing water from its reservoirs, a flood-like situation is prevailing in Chikodi taluk of Belgaum district.

The meteorological department has forecast heavy rains in the next 48 hours. The taluk administration has asked people to move to safer places. The catchment areas of Koyna and Mahabaleshwar reservoirs have received 142 mm of rain each, while Navaja has received 157 mm.

The inflow of water which stood at around 93,115 cusecs on Saturday has increased to 1.6 lakh cusecs on Sunday, following which the level in the Krishna river went up by three feet. Its tributaries - Doodhganga and Vedaganga - recorded an increase of 2.5 feet in the water level, during the last 24 hours.

A total of 99,030 cusecs of water was released through the 16 crest gates of the Hipparagi reservoir. With rivers swelling, low-lying bridges connecting Jatrata-Bhivashi, Bhojawadi-Kunnur, Akkol-Sidnal villages across Vedaganga river, Karadaga-Bhoj, Sadalga-Borgaon, Malliwad-Dattawad across Doodhganga and Kallol-Yadur bridge across Krishna river have been submerged.

This has not affected the villagers as they have alternative routes to commute. However, they need to take circuitous routes to reach adjoining villages. Officials said a large quantity of water was flowing into the Hipparagi reservoir and a similar amount was being released. The rivers have still not reached the danger mark, they said.

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