Rain continues to lash Kodagu

Rain continues to lash Kodagu

A view of inundated Kottageri-Balele bridge with water from Lakshamanatheertha river overflowing.

 Heavy rain lashed Kodagu district on Tuesday. As a result, the Cauvery and the Lakshmanatheertha rivers are in spate.

As Srimangala, Irpu, Kutta, Birunani, Balele, Hudikeri and Ponnampete received heavy showers on Monday night, the water level in Lakshmanatheertha river has crossed the danger level. The movement of vehicles on Harihara-Ballemandooru bridge has been banned following the overflowing of the river on the bridge. Inundated paddy fields look like rivulets now.

The caving in of the roads at Kottageri, Balele and Doni Kadavu has disrupted the movement of vehicles. Following the heavy rain, officials had declared holiday for schools on Tuesday. With the rain receding in Napoklu, the water level at Triveni Sangama in Talacauvery has come down. A hillock caved in at Nehru Nagar in Virajpet. At least 15 houses have been damaged in the town.

Kodagu received an average of 85.52 mm of rainfall. Hudikeri received the highest of 216 mm followed by Srimangala (179 mm), Shanthalli (171 mm), Napoklu (126 mm) and Bhagamandala (82.80 mm).

Mudigere and Sringeri taluks in Chikkamagaluru district also received heavy rain.

Agricultural fields are inundated and some houses have been damaged by the rain.

Meanwhile, the loss caused by rain in Sirsi taluk in Uttara Kannada has been estimated to be Rs 35.61 lakh. The rain has destroyed arecanut and banana plantations, besides damaging roads and bridges, soures in the tahsidlar’s office said.

The heavy rain has affected the tank bund strengthening work at Devikere in Sirsi. A part of the bund, being constructed by Karnataka Infrastructure Development Corporation, has collapsed. The locals have vented ire stating that the corporation has taken up the work in a hurry despite the rainy season.

The rain has increased the water level in Varada river.