Monsoon gains momentum in state; dams get good inflow

MLA Appachu Ranjan inspects an uprooted electricity pole following heavy rain on Somwarpet Road in Madikeri on Saturday. dh photo

A vintage car collector died when a branch of a tree fell on him in a rain-related incident at Nelyahudikeri near Siddapura in Madikeri taluk, Kodagu district. The deceased is Ahmed Kutti Haji (67).

A woman was washed away in a rivulet when she accidentally slipped into it at Shirlalu in Belthangady taluk in Dakshina Kannada district.

A 60-year-old pedestrian died on the spot as a tree came down on him due to rain, while he was walking on the road at Kalale village in Sakleshpur taluk on Saturday.

The state continued to receive widespread rains on Saturday. Heavy rains lashing Kodagu district threw normal life out of gear. The water-level in rivers Cauvery and Lakshmanatheertha have increased considerably.

Bhagamandala in Madikeri taluk has been completely inundated. The heavy rain in Brahmagiri range has increased the water level in River Cauvery. There are all possibilities of the Talacauvery-Madikeri road being flooded, affecting traffic.

The Somwarpet block education officer and four other officials had a narrow escape when a huge tree fell down in front of the car they were travelling by.

Paddy fields remained inundated at Napoklu and Ayyangeri. Several electricity poles were uprooted, resulting in snapping of the power supply. Gusty winds hit Arasu Nagara and Malethiruka Betta in Virajpet taluk.

Vehicular traffic was disrupted at Bettageri, Katakeri and Arvathoklu, following the uprooting of electricity poles and trees.

Abbi, Irpu and Mallali waterfalls have come alive in the district due to the incessant rain. The sight of a roaring waterfall has become a rare spectacle and a thrilling experience for tourists.

The water level in Harangi reservoir stood at 2,792.18 feet. The maximum storage capacity of the reservoir is 2,859 feet. The inflow of water to the reservoir is 1,647 cusecs. The wall of a house collapsed at Basavanathooru in Somwarpet.

Farming activities have intensified in the district.
B Bhaskar, a farmer from Appangala, said, “If the rain continues to lash, ginger and green chilli crops will start rotting.”

A huge tree fell on the compound wall of an Anganwadi centre at Kumbooru. Several houses have been damaged as trees fell on them at Hanagallu. Four people suffered injuries when a tree fell on them at Hammiyala in Madapura.

In the last 24 hours, Shanthalli received the highest rainfall of 105.5 mm. The district has received an average of 47.9 mm rainfall. 

Heavy rain lashed Karwar in Uttara Kannada district from morning to afternoon on Saturday, while it drizzled post afternoon.

Children walked to school with rainwear on. Tourists gave the Rabindranath Tagore beach and the sculpture garden a miss, due to the downpour.

Showers continued in Siddapur taluk of the district, washing away mud on the roadside, much to the inconvenience of vehicle riders. Continuous showers clogged drains in Yellapur town of the district. Rainwater flooded roads in the town.

Strong winds and heavy rain lashed Bhatkal over the past couple of days, bringing down scores of trees and electricity poles and filling up water bodies.

Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan district has been receiving good rain for the last three days and the wind speed is high.

Rain threw life out of gear for a few hours at many places in Chitradurga district in the morning. While it drizzled in Chitradurga city, Molkalmur and Hosadurga taluks, moderate rain was reported in Holalkere taluk.

Drizzling and showers were witnessed across Belagavi district. Earlier this week, the district had witnessed heavy rains. The rain was reported from Akki Alur in Hangal taluk and Byadgi, both in Haveri district.

The showers brought temperatures down in Hosapete taluk, including Hampi, in Ballari district.

There were reports of rain in Shivamogga and Davangere districts too. Good showers in the catchment area of Tunga river has increased inflow to the Tunga dam and the water level is nearing the maximum.

The inflows to the Bhadra and Linganamakki reservoirs are 3,544 cusecs and 9,997 cusecs, respectively.

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