BENGALURU: Rains continued to lash Kodagu on Tuesday, uprooting more trees and electricity poles. Many villages in the district are marooned. Agumbe also witnessed heavy showers with rains being subdued in interior parts of the state. Bengaluru received light and intermittent showers on Tuesday. According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Shivamogga district received maximum rainfall of 166.8 mm from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm on Tuesday.
The Revenue Department (Disaster Management) issued a warning on Tuesday stating that excess water was likely to be released into the Krishna River any time on Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. All the District Commissioners along the down stream of Narayanapura reservoir, and between Almatti dam and Narayanapura dam have been asked to take care of low-lying areas and villages along the Krishna river.
Benguru, a village near Madikeri, is flooded completely and is cut off from the rest of the district. While a temporary boat ferried villagers to the other side, the service has been stopped following heavy downpour. Nearly 200 families are staying in dark for over a week now at Benguru and the schoolkids, without proper arrangements for commute, have not been attending schools since 17 days.
The roads connecting Napoklu and Murnad have been flooded completely bringing traffic to a halt. The bus connection has been stopped temporarily to Napoklu and Murnad as the water failed to recede. Coffee, pepper, arecanut crops have been completely destroyed in the area leaving the growers worried. Many houses have been destroyed at Karike, Kudige and Alluru Siddapura villages.
South Kodagu continues to experience the wrath of nature's fury and landslide near Nehrunagar of Virajpet has brought down many houses in the area. Paddy cultivation has been stopped at Arji, Perambadi, Balugodu and V Badaga villages following flooding of fields.While the entire district was in the dark for over two days, the power supply utility has managed to fix the uprooted electric poles. Parts of Sirangala, Suntikoppa, Chettalli, Bhagamandala are still in the dark.