Good spell of rain revives farming activities in several districts

Good spell of rain revives farming activities in several districts

Several places in the State received good rainfall on Thursday. Showers lashed Shivamogga, Ballari, Hosapete, and a few places in Tumakuru district.

Heavy rainfall lashed Huliyar and surrounding villages in Chikkanayakanahalli taluk of Tumakuru district on Wednesday night.

The rain which started at 10 pm on Wednesday night pounded Huliyar town and several villages in the hobli till 3am on Thursday.

Many ponds, tanks and checkdams in the region including Chikkatore stream near Boranakanive Reservoir, Avalagere, Doddabidare tank and a checkdam near Barakanahaal, overflowed submerging roads. The tank between Dasodi and Ranganakere overflowed bringing traffic on the road connecting the villages to Huliyar town to a standstill for hours.

A total of 13 houses have been partially damaged in Shidlakatte, Bellare and other villages in the rains that lashed for five hours last night. According to Revenue department, Huliyar town and surrounding villages recorded 10 cm of rainfall while the Boranakanive Reservoir region has received 9 cm of rain. Moderate to heavy rain lashed Sira taluk. Four houses were damaged partially at Bukkapattana in Sira taluk.

Hosapete town received good rainfall for more than an hour, bringing the mercury levels down. Basaveshwar Layout, NC Colony, Dam Road, Patel Nagar, railway station and bus stand, Main Bazaar, Ballari Road, Valmiki Circle and several areas received good rainfall. Several low-lying areas were inundated and drains were overflowing. Since rainwater gushed onto most of the roads, the potholes and crates were not visible to the motorists. A bike rider and pillion fell into a water-filled pothole and suffered bruises.

Ballari city also witnessed heavy rainfall accompanied with thunder and lightning. Dank weather prevailed through the day and the skies opened late in the afternoon.

Moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied by strong wind and lightning lashed several parts of Shivamogga district on Thursday.

Thirthahalli, Bhadravathi, Shivamogga and Hosanagar taluks received good spell of rains in the early hours of Thursday. Moderate rains also lashed Sagar, some parts of Shikaripur and Sorab taluks. Heavy rains which began on Wednesday night lashed Malnad region for hours together.

The district witnessed cloudy weather throughout the day signalling heavy rains at night. Water level in Linganamakki dam rose to 1792.10 feet against the maximum level of 1819 feet as catchment area of the dam received rainfall of 18.2mm. The inflow into the dam was 2,632 cusecs.

Dharwad city experienced heavy rainfall throwing normal life out of gear. The sky was clear in the morning. The weather turned cloudy by afternoon, and it began to pour.
At several places, drainages overflowed, inundating roads. Traffic was disrupted on the busy roads, especially in the market area, and on the highway. Rainwater gushed into some houses in the low-laying areas in some pockets like CB Nagar, Hosayellapur, Malapur, and other areas. After a good gap the district received rainfall, with farmers now busy with rabi crops. Hubballi city too received rain on Thursday evening.

Monsoon rains lashed Belagavi city and the surrounding areas for about half an hour in the early evening hours. Showers provided respite from heat. Sudden showers caught many unawares. Showers lashed the city for more than an hour in the evening too. Minor accidents were witnessed at Hirebagewadi village in Belagavi taluk along the Pune-Bengaluru national highway with motorcyclists skidding off the road and suffering injuries.

Chikkodi town and surroundings too received heavy downpour for about half an hour from 7.30 pm onwards. There were also reports of rains in Hirekodi, Chinchani, Kerur and other villages.
The downpour came in as respite to the farmers as sugarcane, tobacco and vegetables had been drying up due to dry spell.

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