Chikmagalur/Madikeri: Rains which started lashing Malnad taluks — Koppa, Sringeri and Mudigere — from Saturday evening, continued unabated on Monday morning as well. The major rivers in Malnad Hemavathy, Tunga and the Bhadra are flowing above the danger level. The connectivity between Kalasa and Horanadu, the pilgrimage centres, was cut off as the bridge over the Bhadra near Hebbale was submerged. Pilgrims as well as tourists who visited Kalasa and Horanadu on Sunday were stranded.
The Bhadra flowing near Balehonnur, rose beyond the danger level on Monday, following a heavy downpour in the catchment areas of the Kudremukh National Park. Police and revenue authorities have cautioned residents living on the banks of the river or in low-lying areas, to move to safer places.
Paddy fields were flooded with rainwater. Cheered by the rains, farmers were busy transplanting paddy saplings in their fields.
Near Sringeri, the Tunga river was flowing in all its splendour. Sirimane Falls, Kudremukh Falls and Hebbe Falls became active.
Though rain continued to lash Kodagu on Monday, there were spells of sunshine in various parts. The water-level in the Cauvery river receded from six feet to one feet at Bhaghamandla. The river was flooded at Aiyyengeri, the link between Napoklu and Bhaghamandla.
DC Anurag Tiwari visited Talacauvery-Bhaghamandla Road and took stock of the situation. The district recorded a rainfall of 64.76 mm for the last 24 hours. The total rainfall recorded till date is 875.22 mm as against last year’s 1499.35 mm.
Boy Drowns in Open Well
Udupi: An eight-year-old boy drowned in an open well at Perlakadi in Kodibengre village on Saturday night.Sihal was a third standard student and son of Shameer and Shameem. The incident took place when Sihal was playing cricket in the courtyard. When he bent to pick up the floating ball, he lost his balance and slipped into the well. The body was found floating in the well.
Woman Washed Away in Rivulet: The body of a 55-year-old woman was found near a pump shed at Harkadi on Monday.
Prema Bai of Horgundi of Kakkunje village was washed away in a rivulet near Harkadi on Friday. The incident took place when she was crossing the rivulet.
Mangalore: More than a dozen houses in Dakshina Kannada district were damaged in the heavy rains.
According to sources in the district administration, three houses in Nanthoor, Bajjodi and Jokatte in Mangalore City limits, four each in Beltangady and Puttur taluks, three in Bantwal taluk and two in Sullia taluk were damaged.
The Department of Public Instructions has allowed the heads of the schools to announce a holiday if there is a problem due to rain in their area.