MANGALURU: Heavy rains that started on Wednesday night continued to pound Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts on Thursday. With rivers and streams overflowing and submerging roads and bridges, there were serious connectivity issues in the two districts.
Traffic on Venuru-Moodbidri-Guruvayanakere road was shut as Phalguni river overflowed, submerging the bridge and nearby areas. Layila-Patladi road was shut for several hours due to a landslide. A portion of the compound wall of Belthangady general hospital collapsed.The heavy downpour prompted the authorities to shut schools and colleges in Belthangady, Sullia and Puttur taluks in Dakshina Kannada on Thursday.
Over 50 vehicles heading towards Dakshina Kannada were stranded for more than 10 hours at Nammar near Sringeri as Tunga river was in spate. Around 5pm, sources said, the bus was sent to Sringeri and it will be sent to Mangaluru through an alternative route. Many other vehicles heading to Mangaluru and other places either stayed put in Sringeri or took alternative routes to reach their destination. Chikkamagaluru SP K Annamailai said the mobile towers were down in the region as power source has run dry.
Charmadi Ghat opened
Charmadi Ghat was opened for light vehicles from Thursday after it was shut for two days following landslides.
Mys- Thithimathi highway closed
In Kodagu, the Mysuru-Thithimathi highway was closed after the makeshift bridge was washed away following floods from Balumani stream. The bridge was built during the British era.