Showers bring smiles for some, tears for others

Water crisis eases at a few places; roads, bridges submerged

Showers bring smiles for some, tears for others
Showers have returned to the state with a bang, causing loss to life and property.

Kaladagi village of Bagalkot taluk received 272 mm rainfall on Tuesday night, a 10-year high for a single night. The rainwater washed away a bridge connecting Kaladagi with Bagalkot. The bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore, had been constructed in September last. The Erihalla pond in Ilkal town of Hungund taluk in the district is overflowing after a gap of 11 years.

A temple has been inundated and several acres of crops have been destroyed.

The night-long rain left 600 sheep dead in nine villages of Ballari taluk. Roads and bridges have gone under water in many places. A 10-year-old girl died of snake bite, when it rained heavily in H Veerapura village of Ballari district. The deceased has been identified as Basamma. She was brought to the community health centre at Kurugodu at 2 am. Since there was no doctor there, she was taken to VIMS, Ballari. However, the girl died on the way.

The rain caused enough havoc in Bhalki taluk of Bidar district. Water bodies and sewage lines overflowed, leaving several houses flooded. Residents struggled to put out the rainwater that entered several houses in Bidar city.

Drizzling was reported in several parts of Haveri district, including the city and Ranebennur, Hangal, Shiggaon and Byadagi. The twin cities of Hubballi and Dharwad received light rain on Wednesday morning. Moderate showers were reported from several parts of Shivamogga district, including Shivamogga city.

Rain was reported from across Raichur district. The district recorded 1.9 mm of rain on Wednesday alone. But it is much less than the average for the month, which is 28 mm, according to sources in the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre. The rain is expected to ease the drinking water crisis at several places. The widespread showers and wind uprooted electricity poles, disrupting power supply. Road and sewage works being undertaken in Raichur were affected due to the rain. 

Heavy rain lashed Kalaburagi district from Tuesday night till early morning on Wednesday.

All the taluks in the district received rainfall. Aland taluk received the highest average rainfall of 74.19 mm. The average rainfall in the district is 40.82 mm. Following the rainfall, water flooded low-lying areas in Afzalpur and Aland taluks.

In Aland taluk, a bridge on Nandagur-Kothana Hipparaga stretch was damaged due to the flood water. The rainfall has increased inflow into the Amarga dam. As many as 40 electricity poles collapsed due to the rain in Aland taluk, affecting power supply. Rain lashed Chincholi taluk for about an hour on Wednesday evening.

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