Rain wreaks havoc

One killed in Koppal, 500 houses damaged

Rain wreaks havoc

The rains that began on Thursday night strengthened over the next four hours, severely damaging property and crops in many parts of the State. One person, identified as Shamanna Chalavadi, died after being struck by lightning in Nandapura village of Koppal district. The spell gave the State its highest rainfall since January this year.

In Shimoga district, as many as 17 houses have partially collapsed while hundreds of acres of farmland in Harnahalli Hobli lay marooned. In Shimoga city, which received strong showers on Friday, water entered houses in lowlying areas like Hosamane, Gandhi Nagar, Venkatesh Nagar, Jaya Nagar, Anna Nagar, R M L Nagar and Kumbaragundi. Two houses were also reported collapsed.

In Davangere district, at least 101 houses were damaged. Of these, 18 were in Davangere taluk, 22 in Haveri, 15 in Honali, 36 in Channagiri and 10 in Harapanahalli. Heavy showers also led to the breach of Vitagondanakoppa and Aiyyanakere tanks in Harnahalli Hobli, where maize and paddy crops were swept away in rainwater. The showers also brought down 15 houses in the area. Separate teams of officials have been formed to assess the crop as well infrastructure loss here.

Shikaripur taluk also saw loss of property with the compound wall of a house coming down in the rains and maize crop in Ambaragoppa and other places being washed away. Other places in the area like Hosanagar, Sagar, Tirthahalli, Sorab and Bhadravathi taluks also received heavy showers.

North Karnataka remained largely flooded with Bellary, Bagalkot, Belgaum, Haveri, Gadag, and Dharwad districts receiving heavy rainfall on Thursday. The rains here, however, receded by Friday. The long spell of showers led to water entering houses in Kolur village of Haveri taluk, following which 300 people were shifted to safer places. A gruel centre has been opened and shelter has been provided to the villagers in the school and the Anganawadi here.

In Haveri district, an average of 49 mm of rainfall has been recorded over a single night. A total of 250 houses have collapsed partially and hundreds of acres of farming land lay submerged.

Rain lashed Gadag and Dharwad districts also for around four hours on Thursday midnight. Crop loss in some places has been reported, and rainwater entered some lowlying areas, especially in Dharwad. In Arsikere in Hassan, three people were injured when two houses collapsed at Mududi tanda in Gandasi Hobli of Arsikere taluk.

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