Staff Correspondent

Agriculture operations are in full swing in the district

Madikeri: Monsoon was active in the entire Kodagu district on Thursday as most parts of the district received good rain, according to reports reaching here.

Let up in rains in the last couple of days has reduced fears of flood in vulnerable areas. Agriculture operations are in full wing in the entire district. Cauvery waters, which had flooded the Bhagamandala-Madikeri road and the Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri road four days ago have receded paving the way for movement of vehicular traffic.

Officials of the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company are grappling with the situation to restore power supply in many parts of the district since supply had snapped owing to heavy rains. Power supply was erratic in most parts of the district. Many areas of Madikeri remained without electricity on Thursday.

All drinking water sources in the city are near-full following good inflow into the storage points at Kootuhole, Roshanara, Pumpinakere. Madikeri, which was reeling under unprecedented drinking water crisis, now has copious storage but erratic power supply is hindering the supply.

Roads in the district have taken a battering in the rain leaving gaping potholes. Chill weather conditions and fog rendered movement of vehicles in Madikeri difficult throughout the day.

Madikeri received 34.8 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours (from 8 a.m. on Wednesday till 8 a.m. on Thursday). Trees and branches, which had fallen across roads are being cleared and so are the electric poles.

Elsewhere, Kutta received 90 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours followed by Somwarpet (61 mm), Bhagamandala (51.4 mm), Napoklu (32 mm) and Talacauvery (31 mm).

The departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Public Works, Panchayat Raj engineering wing are assessing the damages caused to the crops and property.

The level of the Harangi reservoir has risen to 2,824.57 feet as against its maximum of 2,859 feet. Harangi received 19.8 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.