Thunderstorm rains misery on parts of N Karnataka

Thunderstorm rains misery on parts of N Karnataka

A boy running during sudden rain at Ramavilas Road in Mysuru on Friday. -Photo by Savitha. B R

Bengaluru: Pre-monsoon showers, accompanied by high-intensity wind, which lashed north Karnataka districts on Thursday night and in the early hours of Friday have left a trail of destruction in the region.

Heavy rain, coupled with gusty wind, has affected normal life in Gadag-Betageri, Laxmeshwar, Gajendragad, Naregal and Dambal in Gadag district.
Basapur near Laxmeshwar was the worst hit. More than 30 houses were damaged in the storm.

A century-old banyan tree was uprooted as the strong wind swept past Kalakaleshwara village near Gajendragad.

Overflowing drains have rendered Sarvodaya Nagar in Gadag town into a pond.
Many farm ponds and check dams in the district have been filled owing to incessant rain in the last one week.

Tree falls and uprooting of electricity poles have plunged parts of the district into the dark.

Thursday night showers have wreaked havoc on the crop at Ramasagar in Kampli taluk, Ballari district. Acres of banana plantation, paddy and sugarcane have been damaged at several villages in Kampli, Hagaraibommanahalli and Hosapete taluks. A huge banyan tree fell on State Highway 49 near Kanavi Thimmalapur bringing vehicular movement to a grinding halt for hours.

Sirwar, a newly formed taluk in Raichur district, and surrounding villages experienced thunderstorm. Traffic on Manvi-Sirwar Road was affected as more than five full-grown trees fell on the stretch.

Heavy rain lashed Mysuru region, including Mysuru city, on late Thursday night and in early hours of Friday. According to Met department forecast, showers will continue in the region for next couple of days.

A 25-year-old woman was struck dead by lightning at Bisalwadi in Chamarajanagar on Thursday evening. The victim Seetamma was taking shelter under a tree when the lightning struck her.

The dodarasanakere pond filled after three decades, owing to copious rain in the region.

Kodagu district received widespread rain for over an hour on Thursday night. Madikeri, Napoklu, Talacauvery and Bhagamandala witnessed heavy rain while Virajpet, Gonikoppa, Shanivarsanthe experienced drizzle through the night.

DH News Service

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