Heavy rain in the past 48 hours has left a trail of destruction in Gulbarga district. At least 12 sheep and four head of cattle were killed and partial collapse of houses was reported from different parts of the district.
Water from flash floods entered more than 25 houses in Ganwar in Jewargi taluk. The floodwaters inundated agricultural fields. The extent of the damage to standing crops is yet to be estimated.
Several low-lying agriculture lands throughout the district were also flooded with rainwater. Official sources said that the damage to the standing crops would be assessed later. According to reports reaching here on Wednesday, floodwaters entered three houses in Surpur taluk owing to the Don river being in spate.
At least 25 houses were damaged owing to the heavy rain in the district. Seven houses collapsed in Bilwar village in Jewargi taluk, three houses collapsed in Chitapur and two houses each collapsed in Gulbarga and Aland taluks.
Twelve sheep were washed away from a temporary shed constructed near a stream at Maganegera in Jewargi taluk and four head of cattle died when a house at Malgatti village in Chitapur taluk collapsed. Rainwater also entered several shops in Akandeshwar Shopping Complex in Jewargi town.
The rain brought sowing of rabi all crops to a halt in the district. Sowing is expected to resume after three or four days.
In Gulbarga city, because drains were blocked, rainwater entered houses in many low-lying areas in Ganganagar and several shops in the commercial complex of the Karnataka Housing Board. The majority of the sprawling public garden was under water.
According to the official sources, Aland taluk recorded the highest rainfall of 221 mm in 48 hours followed by 81.2 mm in Surpur, 71 mm in Shahapur, 69.9 mm in Jewargi, 62.5 mm in Afzalpur, 56.3 mm in Chincholi, 54 mm in Yadgir, 36.5 mm in Sedam, 28.2 mm in Gulbarga taluk and 22.8 mm in Chitapur taluk.
The district received 70.3 mm rain in two days.