Rivers overflow, farmer feared drowned

Rivers overflow, farmer feared drowned

River Tunga is in spate in Sringeri on Thursday, following continuous rain.

Normal life in Chikkamagaluru was paralysed as rain continued to lash the district on Thursday as well.

A person in Yadadalli Gram Panchayat in Sringeri has gone missing.

A farmer by name H T Umesh (52), a native of Holehaddu village, is missing since Wednesday evening. He had been to work in his farm and to fish in the Tunga river. He is feared to have been washed away in the floods. A case has been registered by Sringeri police in this connection and the search operation is on.

Major rivers Tunga, Bhadra and Hemavathi are in spate. Streams and waterfalls too, are in full splendour.


River Tunga, which is flowing above the danger level, has inundated the ‘Snana Ghatta’, ‘Sandhyavandana Mantapam’ and Kappe Shankara Temple at Sri Sharada Peetham in Sringeri.

Movement of vehicles was obstructed as stormwater flooded the main streets of the town. Nemmar, Kerekatte, Kurubarakere, Anegonda, Halanduru, Gulugunji Mane and Bharatitheertha roads were submerged.

People of Shirlu, Hadi, Kere, Sukhadamakki, Nilanduru, Kumbragodu, Koogodu and neighbouring villages are worried as the road connectivity is almost cut. Paddy fields in the taluk are inundated.

About 188 mm rainfall was recorded in Kerekatte area of the taluk.

Power supply was disrupted as a tree fell over a 33KV power line near Dodmane on Wednesday night. Stormwater gushed into several shops at Kurubakeri road.

The continuous rain is posing a hurdle for agriculture-related activities. Excessive rain could result in the outbreak of fruit-rot disease in areca plantations, the farmers said.

Sringeri taluk, which is 2433-foot above the sea-level, has received 1541.5 mm rain since January this year. There was 122.4 mm rain on Thursday alone. Trade transactions were at a low point as people chose to remain inside their houses. The number of tourists, too, dwindled considerably.

Rain in Mudigere

The paddy sheaths prepared by the farmers have been spoiled due to heavy rain on Thursday. Robusta coffee fruits in the plantations at Bhairapura, Mekanagadde, Gutti, Devaramane, Hanturu and Devarunda areas have begun to rot due to excessive rain. Pepper and other horticultural crops are also affected. The agricultural activities have come to a standstill.

The water level in the Hemavathi river at Bettadamane has increased, following good rain in the catchment areas. Farmers in the region fear the submerging of paddy fields.

Traffic movement on the Mudigere-Balehonnur road was affected after a tree fell on Saragodu road on the early morning of Thursday.

In Kalasa

The Hebbole bridge on the Kalasa-Horanadu road was submerged due to increase in floodwater level in River Bhadra. Tourists and local people used an alternative road to reach Horanadu and Kalasa. The connection to the Kalasa-Kudremukh road at Nellibeedu was lost due to floods.

Students in the rural areas toiled hard to go to their schools.