Tungabhadra river in spate, three meet watery grave

Rains disrupt life in Bellary, Mysore, Davangere districts

Tungabhadra river in spate, three meet watery grave

Three youths met a watery grave in the Tungabhadra river, which was in full spate, near Shambulingeshwara temple on the outskirts of Siraguppa town in Bellary district on Friday.

The deceased have been identified as Vijayanand, 16, a resident of Adoni Road in the town; Naveen Kumar, 17, and Lazar, 21, both residents of Yelagondla village of Kadapa district in Andhra Pradesh. The incident occured when the trio, along with four of their friends, had ventured into the Tungabhadra river for a swim.

 While the trio washed away in the flash flood, four others managed to swim to safety. The fire personnel and police, in a joint operation, have fished out the body of Lazar. The search is on for the two other bodies. The Siraguppa police have registered a case.

Houses damaged

Light to moderate rains since Wednesday have left 92 houses partially damaged in the Sandur taluk in the district. The town received 24 mm  and 5 mm of rainfall on Thursday and Friday respectively. The Revenue department has received 92 applications from owners of damaged houses seeking compensation. Tahsildar R Timmaiah said he would inspect the damaged houses before sending a detailed report to the deputy commissioner.

Davangere inundated

Heavy rains continued to lash Davangere. The downpour, which started at 11 am and lasted for three hours on Friday, created a deluge of problems for the residents.
Incidents of rainwater gushing into the houses in the low-lying areas were reported. Several streets in the city were inundated, throwing traffic out of gear.

 “The incessant rain has brought smiles on the farmers’ faces, more so, for the tur and cotton cultivators. It is also conducive for the cultivation of sunflower, sorghum and bengal gram,” said Dr Gollar, deputy director, Agriculture department.

Showers in Mysore

Depression in the Bay of Bengal and the resultant rainfall, resulted in fairly widespread showers in the district on Friday. Mysore city witnessed its highest daily rainfall since the onset of Northeast monsoon.

The city recorded 41.5 mm of rainfall. Downpour in the city began around 3 pm and lasted for an hour, before subsiding. Several low-lying areas were inundated.
However, no loss of life or damage to property has been reported, according to the Mysore City Corporation.

Overcast conditions are expected to prevail in the coming week. In other parts of Mysore district, T Narasipur recorded 51 mm of scattered rainfall. Periyapatna, Hunsur and H D Kote too recorded light to moderate rainfall. Mandya district too received good rainfall during the day.

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