Many rivers in spate as heavy rain lashes State

Many rivers in spate as heavy rain lashes State

Heavy rain lashed several parts of Karnataka on Friday, inundating vast swathes of lands and throwing life out of gear in many areas, particularly in coastal districts and Kodagu.

According to the IMD, coastal Karnataka received 114.4 mm rain as against the normal 34.5 mm, marking a rise of 232 per cent. The rain was quite heavy in south interior Karnataka, too, which got 26.3 mm as against 6.8mm, 286 per cent more than the normal rain.

However, north interior Karnataka had a 2 per cent rise, with rainfall being 4.9 mm as against the normal 4.8 mm. With heavy rain likely to continue, authorities declared holiday for educational institutions in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur on Saturday.

A Mangalore report said Nethravathi, Kumaradhara rivers in DK, and Sauparnika, and Varahi rivers in Udupi are already in spate, and may cross the danger mark if rains continue. Kumaradhara flowed over the bridge in the temple town of Kukke Subrahmanya.

In Bantwal taluk, the authorities were forced to shift families residing on the banks of the Netravathi river to safer locations, following a rise in the water level. Rainwater inundated low-lying areas in Jeppinamogaru, Adamkudru and Kannur.

Over the last 24 hours, Moodbidri has received the highest rainfall of 172.4 mm in the district, followed by Belthangady (148.8 mm), Puttur (135 mm), Mangalore (123.3 mm), Bantwal (118.6 mm) and Sullia (112.4 mm).

In Chikmagalur, heavy rain paralysed normal life. Malnad’s power supply was affected.  The Hemavathi, Bhadra and Thunga rivers are in spate in Koppa and Sringeri. Thunga even inundated Gandhi Maidan in Sringeri, flooding the Sharada Mutt.

At least five under-construction houses at Tilak Nagara in Koppa were damaged due to heavy rains. Water also entered the fields in Balehonnur.
River water flooded the Sringeri-Mangalore road at Nemmaru, Sringeri-Koppa road at Kavadi, Balehonnur-Kalasa at Bairegudde and R D Koppa on Jayapura-Koppa road.

According to a Madikeri report, the inflow of water to Cauvery, Kannika, Lakshmanatheertha, Barapole rose, submerging areas on the banks. Around 5,989 cusecs of water was released into the Cauvery river from Harangi reservoir.

The Triveni Sangama water entered adjoining areas, with the level reaching up to two-three feet on Bhagamandala-Ayyangeri and Bhagamandala-Madikeri roads. The bridge on Nittur-Balele road was flooded as the Lakshmanatheertha was overflowing, disrupting movement of vehicles.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman was killed and two persons were injured when a house they were staying in collapsed due to heavy rains at Hebsur village in Hubli taluk on Friday. The deceased has been identified as Paravva Devappa Narti. The injured, Hanumappa Narti and Ningavva Beerannavar, were admitted to KIMS.

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