Rains bring hope and misery

Rains bring hope and misery

Rainfall in a few parts of the State has brought respite as well as woes to the farmers. One person was killed in a house collapse on Thursday, while deaths of livestock are being reported from several places, in the last couple of days. 

Even as the groundnut growers are happy with bountiful rainfall, it has become a cause of concern for onion growers. Reports on traffic, power and drinking water supply continues to being affected, while most of the water bodies in several districts are overflowing. Crop damages and house collapses are being reported from several quarters, even as borewells and dry wells are getting recharged.

Tumkur

Kumar, a resident of Gonihalli village in Sira taluk of Tumkur district died in a house collapse on Thursday night. His father, wife and children were sleeping in another house, hence they were saved. A case has been registered at the Pattanayakanahalli police station.

Bellary

Fields in Kampli town and the surrounding areas in Bellary district are inundated and the Vittalapura tank, the lifeline of Ramasagara village is flowing above the danger mark. Most of the water bodies, including wells are full and the groundwater has been charged. Due to continuous rainfall, there has been fluctuations in the supply of power, thereby affecting drinking water supply. The State Highway - 29 and several roads in the region are inundated.

Dakshina Kannada

After a break of few days, heavy rains lashed Belthangady, Venur and Charmadi in Dakshina Kannada on Friday evening. Though the sky remained overcast since afternoon in Mangalore, it started drizzling, accompanied by lightning and thunder in the evening. 

Shimoga

After a brief lull, heavy rain lashed several parts of the district, on Friday. Though several parts of the district witnessed dry weather in the morning, it rained heavily towards evening. Hosanagar, Thirthahalli, Sagar, Shimoga, Bhadravathi, Shikaripur received heavy rain for several hours. Several low-lying areas were inundated in various parts of Shimoga city. 

Heavy rain accompanied with lightning lashed the Malnad region in the taluk. The water level in Linganamakki dam rose to 1813.95 feet against the maximum level of 1891 feet. The dam is short of five feet to reach the maximum level. 

Davangere 

More than 30 houses are damaged in the various villages of Harapanahalli taluk as the district continues to receive heavy showers.

 The century-old Government Pre-University College premises is flooded with water. With several classes inundated and roofs leaking, an unofficial holiday was declared on Thursday as the teachers could not conduct classes. Water bodes in Togarakatti, Narayanapur, Yallapura and Alamarasikere villages in Harapanahalli taluk are overflowing. 

Jagalur taluk has received the highest rainfall in recent years. Rainfall was measured 127.4 mm in Kasabha hobli, 93.2 mm in Sangenahalli hobli, 105 mm in Bilichod and 134 mm in Sokke hobli. Onion growers are finding it tough to save their crops.

Crops are damaged and several houses are partially collapsed in the various villages in Channagiri taluk. 

The Revenue and Agriculture department officers are still estimating the damages in the affected areas.
Devarahalli of Channagiri taluk has registered a highest of 63.2 mm while Kerebilachi measured 5.4 mm on Thursday. 

Chitradurga
 Several houses are partially damaged in Banjigere, Chikkahalli, Rudramanahalli, Hirehalli, Baklurahalli, Hire Nagathihalli, Chitranayakanahalli, Abbenahalli villages in Challakere taluk. A buffalo died, several tress uprooted and crops damaged in Chitranayakahalli.

The Chikkakere lake was full after a six years. Traffic was affected for some time on the State Highway 65 near Abbenhalli following a submerged bridge. The groundnut growers are happy with the bountiful rainfall.

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