Rain hits normal life, destroys crops in many dists

Television sets float in rainwater in the cellar of a shopping complex at the Clock Tower Circle in Koppal on Sunday. dh photo

Heavy rain lashed several parts of the state, particularly north Karnataka in the early hours of Sunday.

Heavy showers wreaked havoc in Koppal town on Sunday. The downpour left low-lying areas of the town submerged. Shops in the cellars of commercial complexes near Gadiyara Kamba (Tower Clock) Circle were the worst hit.

Rainwater gushed into several shops. Electronic goods including television sets have been damaged after rainwater gushed into the shops.

Owners of a photo studio, electronic goods shop, saloon among others suffered losses worth lakhs of rupees. The traders expressed their anguish at the CMC authorities over poor drainage and clogged stormwater drains, which led to the flooding.

According to the Met department, Koppal town recorded 9 mm of rainfall, highest in the state for Sunday. Munirabad experienced 3 mm of rain while Kukanur received one mm rain.

Heavy rain accompanied by thunder and strong wind lashed Karwar city (Uttara Kannada district) in the early hours of Sunday. 

Trying times

As it was the weekly shandy day, roadside vendors of vegetables and fish faced trying times. But things settled down as the day progressed. The showers gave residents respite from the sweltering heat. Mango, areca and plantain crops worth lakhs of rupees were lost in the heavy rain and strong winds in Mundgod taluk in the district on Sunday morning. 

Farms flooded

More than 80 acres of horticulture crops grown in shade nets and polyhouses were washed away in the downpour at Yettinabudihal village of Ballari taluk on Saturday evening. Watermelon, musk melon, onion, tomato, capsicum and chilli crops were flooded by the rainwater. Horticulturist Krishnamurthy is among the many who have suffered losses to the tune of lakhs of rupees. Thundershowers were reported from Hosapete and surrounding places in Ballari district. 

Trees and electricity poles were uprooted as strong winds and heavy rain that lashed many places in Gadag district in the early hours of Sunday. Mango crops were also destroyed. Dharwad received good rain late on Saturday night and in the early hours of Sunday. It rained for more than two and half hours in Kundagol.

The moderate to heavy rainfall is likely to continue in Mysuru region, comprising Mysuru, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagar, for two days. The region has been receiving rain for the last one week.

Heavy rain coupled with lightning and thunder lashed different parts of Dakshina Kannada on late on Saturday night. Heavy winds brought down the Dhwajasthambha of the daivasthana in Shibarooru.

Electrical appliances in a household were damaged when lightning struck a house in Balkuru of Kundapura taluk. A house was partially damaged after a tree fell on it in Bailumane village.

Killed by lightning

A 24-year-old youth from Thrissur, Kerala, was struck dead by lightning at Kodachadri hills in Hosanagara taluk of Shivamogga district in the wee hours of Sunday.

The deceased Vishnukumar alias Anilkumar was part of three-member team from Kerala, which had come to Kodachadri for trekking. The incident occurred when they were at Sarvajna Peeta on Kodachadri ranges of the Western Ghats.

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