Trail of destruction in Chitradurga district
The incessant rain that lashed the district for over 15 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday claimed the lives of three persons and left a trail of destruction.
Kodigowda (60), Manjulamma (55) and their daughter Mamata (25), who died in a house collapse in Hulikunte village of Challakere taluk were from the same family.
According to the district administration, 700 houses in the district have been damaged, with 69 of them completely destroyed.
Holalkere, Chitradurga and Challakere taluks bore the brunt of the downpour.
In Chitradurga taluk alone, 280 houses in M.K. Hatti village were partially damaged while nine others were destroyed completely.
The entire village was inundated with water overflowing from the lake near the Murugharajendra Math. The district administration faced a difficult task in evacuating the residents.
Deputy Commissioner Amlan Aditya Biswas, along with Superintendent of Police Labhu Ram, Assistant Commissioner T. Venkatesh and Municipal Commissioner Vijay Kumar spent almost the whole of Tuesday night in the village overseeing relief and rehabilitation measures.
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Venkatesh said that two gruel centres had been set up in the village.
The residents of the village tried to block traffic on National Highway 4, demanding that the district administration close the underpass built over the highway near the lake.
They alleged that it was because of the construction of the underpass that the water that overflowed from the lake entered the village and damaged property.
The police had to resort to a mild lathi-charge to disperse the mob.
Later, the residents withdrew their agitation after Mr. Biswas assured them that their demand would be considered.
The rain threw life out of gear in Chitraduraga city. Power supply was disrupted for over 20 hours. Water entered hundreds of houses.
“We spent entire night draining out water using vessels and pumps,” said Zakir Hussain, a resident of the Kelagote area. About payment of ex-gratia to the victims, Mr. Venkatesh said that the extent of loss was yet to be ascertained.