Widespread rains wreak havoc in Karnataka

Widespread rains wreak havoc in Karnataka

Heavy showers wash away crops, bring down houses

Widespread rains wreak havoc in Karnataka

Several villages on river banks in Uttara Kannada district are facing flood threat owing to nonstop and widespread rains.

Heavy showers have been lashing the district for the past five days and it continued to rain heavily on Saturday also. Bhatkal, Honnavar, Kumta, Ankola, Sirsi, Karwar, Siddapur, Yallapur, Haliyal, Joida and Mundagod in the district received heavy rains. The water level in Gundabala and Badagali river has went up raising flood concerns.

The roads in Karwar had turned into paddy fields as it rained nonstop for around two hours on Saturday. Uttara Kannada district has received an average of 44.7 mm in the last 24 hours.

It rained 120 mm in Bhatkal followed by Karwar (57.4 mm), Joida and Ankola (57 mm each), Sirsi (45 mm), Honnavar (41.8 mm) and Siddapur and Yallapur (26.2 mm each).
The district has received an average rainfall of 862.7 mm this month against the normal rainfall of 598.3 mm.

Heavy rains lashed parts of Belgaum district during the past 24 hours. Bailhongal taluk has recorded a rainfall of 297.4 mm followed by Athani (147.7 mm), Chikodi (128 mm), Ramdurg (104.1 mm), Gokak (74.8 mm), Belgaum (74.4 mm) and Raibag (71.4 mm).

As many as 121 houses collapsed partially in Haveri district on Saturday due to heavy rains. A total of 1,529 houses have collapsed in the district from June 1 and the district administration has assessed the damage at Rs 93 lakh. In the past 24 hours, Shiggaon taluk recorded a rainfall of seven mm followed by Savanur (6.2 mm), Ranebennur (four mm) and Haveri (3.4 mm).

Heavy rains which lashed the district on Friday, receded on Saturday. A woman was killed in a house collapse in Tumakuru village of Shahpur taluk on Friday. A majority of the ponds in Surpur taluk have been overflowing inundating vast tracts of paddy fields. The inflow into Basavasagara reservoir stood at 60,000 cusecs.

A low pressure region in Bay of Bengal resulted in rainfall in several parts of Mysore region on Saturday. While most of the region received drizzles, showers were recorded in parts of Hassan district. Maximum rainfall was recorded in parts of Sakleshpur taluk, which received 56 mm of fairly widespread rainfall. Moderate showers were recorded in parts of Alur taluk (14 mm) and Belur (15 mm).

In Mysore district, maximum rainfall of eight mm was recorded in parts of Mysore and Periyapatna taluks. Parts of Chamarajanagar also received light showers during the day. Rainfall was sparse in Mandya district, with about three mm rain recorded in parts of Malavalli taluk.

Standing crops in hundreds of acres of land were washed away in Hardkud, Kohinoor, Ladwanti, Betagera and other villages of Basavakalyan talk after a barrage and two tanks breached on Friday. Besides, gushing waters from Sirgapur tank washed away four electric transformers and 12 electricity poles also.

A senior official from the district administration said that crops on around 500 acres could have been damaged. He said Basvakalayan recorded 120 mm of rains in the last 24 hours.

Moderate rain lashed several parts of the district incessantly, on Saturday. Shimoga, Sagar, Shikaripur, Bhadravathi, Thirthahalli and some parts of Sorab received good spell of rain throughout the day. No casualties were reported in the district.

The water level in Linganamakki dam rose to 1816.40 feet against the maximum level of 1819 feet. The inflow of water was increased to 21,200 cusecs and the outflow of water 2,273  cusecs. The dam is short of  2.60 feet to reach the maximum level.

DK and Kodagu
Intermittent rains lashed across Dakshina Kannada district. In the last 24 hours, Sullia received highest of 39.2 mm followed by Mangalore (35.5 mm), Puttur (34.7 mm) and Bantwal (31.4 mm).

The meteorological department has warned of heavy rains in the next 48 hours in the coastal district.  Fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea.
Parts of Kodagu district received continuos rainfall in the last 48 hours. Madikeri, Napoklu, Talacauvery, Virajpet, Somwarpet, Siddapura, Gonikoppa, Srimangala and Kutta received good rainfall. With Talacauvery and Bhagamandala receiving good rainfall, the inflow of water into river Cauvery has increased.

Though it rained heavily on Friday night, the showers took a break on Saturday.

Vast tracts of paddy fields were flooded after a huge pipe line supplying water to Bellary Thermal Power Station broke away. Farmers said that such incidents were occurring twice or thrice a year and they were suffering huge losses due to the negligence on the part of the officials.

The movement of vehicles between Belagoduhalu and Kampli had come to a standstill as the road was submerged in water.

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