People of the district heaved a sigh of relief as several parts of Hassan district experienced good rains on Friday, bringing respite from the soaring mercury levels.
Though the district received scattered rains for a few days last week, it had aggravated the sultriness.
Belur taluk had received good rains and many parts of the district received average rains on Thursday evening. Hassan received rains for more than an hour accompanied by thunder and lightning on Friday afternoon.
Though there were no major casualties reported, there were incidents of water entering low lying areas, causing hardships to the residents. Water overflowed on to the roads from the underground drains as it was clogged.
Water entered into the shops at the basement of the buildings and shopkeepers were seen struggling to remove water from the shops.
There were reports of 12 electric poles getting uprooted due to heavy winds, and power supply snapped at many villages. Two cars were damaged as the electric pole fell on them, and a house was partially damaged. Two women suffered minor injuries, and they are being treated at the Hassan Government Hospital.
As a tree uprooted and fell on Mangalore-Bangalore road, in Alur, vehicular traffic was disrupted for more than an hour. Traffic police cleared the road after the rains subsided.
Chamarajanagar and surrounding areas also received moderate rains on Thursday bringing cheers among the farmers as they can begin tilling activities for sowing urad and other short term crops.