Life disrupted in Raichur; standing crops destroyed
BANGALORE: Ten persons died on Wednesday as it continued to rain heavily in parts of the State. With this, the toll since Monday has risen to 19.
Although some areas had a respite from heavy rainfall, the downpour disrupted life in Raichur district. The heavy rain in the last three days destroyed standing crops in several thousands of acres of land. A large number of villages remained cut off. The official machinery swung into action by opening gruel centres in the rain-affected region.
Four persons died in Raichur district which received a record 161.7 mm of rainfall in the last three days. A woman was killed when a roof of a house collapsed on her while she was asleep on Tuesday in Manvi town. A woman and a man drowned while trying to cross the Maski nala near Utaknur village in the taluk. A man died after being struck by lightning at Chintalkunta village in Deodurga taluk of the district on Tuesday. There were reports that a loaded goods vehicle had been washed away at a nala near Kota village. About two lakh cusecs of water from the Tungabhadra dam had been released, according to Annes Siraj, Chief Executive Officer of Raichur Zilla Panchayat.
Two women died when their houses collapsed in Bellary district. About 4,000 houses had been damaged in the recent rain, Arvind Srivastav, Deputy Commissioner, told The Hindu on Wednesday.
The Tungabhadra waters had reached Yeduru Basava Mantap at Hampi.
Four persons, including two children, were killed in house collapse at Hadli village in Gadag district on Wednesday. Seventy-eight persons, mostly women and children, were airlifted from the inundated Raddera Naganur village in Nargund taluk and Acharakoppa (Kuruvinakoppa) village in Ron taluk.
An IAF helicopter sent from Bangalore began the rescue work early on Wednesday. But the helicopter developed a snag in the afternoon.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Mohsin, who is camping at Nargund, said that a Naval helicopter from Goa would be summoned to rescue around 100 people stranded at Acharkoppa. A stretch of the road between Hubli and Solapur had been washed away.
The situation in Hubli-Dharwad improved on Wednesday. The rising Malaprabha flooded 20 villages in Badami and Hungund taluks of Bijapur district.
Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Govind Karjol toured some of the flood-affected villages on Wednesday.