Rain Brings Life to a Standstill in Parts of State

Paddy fields get inundated, houses collapse as water overflows into the streets in low-lying areas in Belgaum

Published: 31st July 2014 07:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2014 01:53 PM   |  A+A-


Chikmagalur: The intensity of rain in most parts of the district has decreased over the last four days, but parts of Malnad received heavy showers from Wednesday morning.

Block education officers of Koppa and Sringeri taluks declared holidays for schools and colleges on Thursday, following torrential rains.

NR Pura BEO said schools and the School Development and Management Committees have been given the discretionary power of announcing holidays. Kottigehara received the highest rainfall at 100 mm in the last 24 hours, ending on Wednesday morning.

Other regions which had gotten as less as 20 mm rain in the last four days, receiving copious rain from midday on Wednesday, bringing life in Malnad to a standstill. The Hemavathy river in Mudigere taluk is flowing above the danger mark. Because of this, paddy fields have been inundated.

A house at Madugundi in the Balur hobli limits and another at Bidirutala collapsed because of heavy rain. Revenue inspector M Gangadhar visited the places and took stock of the situation.

On account of heavy rain in the catchment areas, Hirekolale lake, the main source of drinking water for the city, is flowing over the spill gates.

Low-lying Areas Flooded

Belgaum: Many low-lying areas in and around Belgaum were flooded following heavy rain in the last 24 hours.

In several areas, gutters were clogged, leading to water overflowing into the streets. In markets like Ganapat Galli, Raviwar Peth and surrounding areas, residents had a tough time clearing clogged drains to prevent water from entering their houses and establishments.

Reservoir Reaches Full Capacity

Rakaskop reservoir, the main water source for the city reached its full capacity on Wednesday. People residing on the banks of the Markandeya river have been cautioned to be alert as excess water may be released to the river any moment.

Neelakantarayanagaddi Islet Cut Off

Yadgir: With authorities releasing 85,000 cusecs from the Basavasagar reservoir into Krishna river, 40 families on Neelakantarayanagaddi islet were cut off from the rest of the district. According to officials, the administration may consider deploying two motor boats to the islet. On Wednesday, Deputy Commissioner Manoj Jain visited the Basavasagar reservoir in Narayanpur and inspected Kollu and Tintani bridges in the district.

Later at a meeting, the DC said the outflow from the reservoir has not reached the danger level but the villagers on the river banks should move to safer places. He also directed officials to be ready to face any emergency and prepare an action plan to face flood-like situations.

Superintendent of Police Vamshikrishna, Shahapur tahsildar Baswalingappa Naikodi, Surpur tahsildar Arunkumar and KBJNL, PWD officials were present.


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