Rain lashes Malnad, may recede soon

Rain lashes Malnad, may recede soon

 The four Malnad districts of Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu and Hassan continued to reel under heavy rain on Wednesday, too, leading to heavy inflow into major reservoirs.

In the last five days, Bankal in Chikkamagaluru district received highest rainfall of 114 cm, 442 per cent more than the average. “Rain that occurs during June and July are very important. With the rain we have received in the Malnad region, it is clear that there would be no hydrological drought this time,” said director of Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre G S Srinivasa Reddy.

The coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have received rain but nowhere near the best, he added.


Sagar, Shivamogga, Bhadravathi, Hosanagar, Thirthahalli received a good spell of rain on Wednesday morning. After a brief lull, it again rained towards the evening. Shikaripur and Sorab also received moderate rain. Schools and colleges in the Malnad region functioned as usual following a decrease in intensity of the rainfall. In the last 24 hours, Mastikatte received rainfall of 130.40mm, while Yadur and Hulikal recorded 116mm and 107mm of rainfall, respectively.


A low-lying bridge-cum-barrage across Krishna river between Kallol-Yadur villages in Chikkodi taluk continued to remain submerged. Water levels in the river had come down on Wednesday, but the bridge-cum-barrage remained submerged as Doodhganga and Vedganga, tributaries of Krishna, continued to swell due to rains in their catchment areas in the neighbouring Maharashtra.


The intensity of rain receded across Kodagu district on Wednesday. However, as a precautionary measure, Deputy Commissioner Meer Anees Ahmed has declared holiday for schools, colleges and anganwadi centres on Thursday as well. River Cauvery is in spate at Bhagamandala. Vehicular traffic on the water-logged Ayyangeri road has been disrupted. Power supply, following uprooting of electricity poles, is yet to be restored in the district. The outage has crippled water supply in Madikeri. In the past one week, 33 houses have been damaged.

Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, too, have received intermittent rains on Wednesday.

Uttara Kannada

Several parts of Uttara Kannada district has received good rain. A tank bund was breached due to heavy rainfall in Mundgod damaging agricultural crops in the surrounding area. Halyal, Bhatkal, Honnavar and Siddapur recorded heavy rainfall, while Sirsi and Yellapur received moderate rain on Wednesday.

Rain ruins Shiradi Ghat road work

Copious rains in Sakleshpur taluk and in the surrounding areas in the recent past has created hurdles to the ongoing road repair work at Shiradi Ghat.

Crushed stones laid on the road have been washed away. Pits dug up on the road as part of the ongoing work have turned into pools. Huge quantities of cement stored in the makeshift sheds at the work site have been also washed away.

Mohammad Riyan, project engineer of Ocean Construction Private Ltd, told Deccan Herald, “Hundreds of labourers have left the place owing to heavy rain coupled with gusty winds. The development work on 13.62 km stretch of Shiradi Ghat has been stalled from June 19. Because of which the company is losing more than Rs 10 lakh per day.

Monsoon showers

Rain gauging centre    Actual    Normal    Departure
    (in mm)    (in mm)    (in %)
Bankal GP* (Mudigere)    1143.5    211    442
Malavanthge GP (Belthangady)    898    262    242
T Shettigere GP  (Virajpet)     877.5    132.5    562
Bhagamandala GP (Kodagu)     840.5    304.1    176
Shivalli GP* (Sirsi)    839.9     154.5    443
Bittangala GP (Virajpet)    807    137.2    488
Nonaburu GP (Thirthahalli)    703    154.9    354
* GP: Gram Panchayat

(Source: Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre)

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