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Marooned: A society building submerged in the Cauvery water at Balamuri in Kodagu on Thursday.
Marooned: A society building submerged in the Cauvery water at Balamuri in Kodagu on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Major rivers in spate; schools to remain closed for two more days

Several people shifted to rehabilitation centres from Gonicoppa, Balamuri and Karadigodu areas

35 houses have been damaged in rain in the three taluks of the district

Madikeri: Incessant rainfall continued in Kodagu on Thursday, throwing life out of gear.

Major rivers, including the Cauvery, are in spate and have inundated vast areas of paddy fields. River waters have entered many houses in the low-lying areas.

Several people were shifted to rehabilitation centres from Gonicoppa, Balamuri and Karadigodu areas on Thursday as water entered their houses. The district administration has initiated measures to prevent loss of life. Schools in the district will remain closed on Friday and Saturday.

The Cauvery was overflowing at Betri, cutting off road connectivity between Madikeri and Virajpet since Wednesday night. Tandagundi bridge nearby has been submerged by the Cauvery waters.

The overflowing Lakshmanateerta in Virajpet taluk has inundated paddy fields and severed the road link from Nittoor to Balele town.

The Keerehole near Gonicoppa overflowed and the water entered many houses along its banks, forcing the residents to move to a nearby rehabilitation centre. Over 20 families have been shifted to the centre. Roads considered safe till now have been flooded at several places. The Madikeri-Hakathur road stretch between Kaggodu and Hakathur was cut off for some time on Wednesday night. The Cauvery water has entered the Kottamudi road and blocked the Napoklu-Murnad road at Bolibane.

Kodagu district in-charge Minister Krishna Palemar is expected to visit the affected areas on Friday. Deputy Commissioner Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, who visited Balamuri and Karadigodu areas said that the district administration would make all efforts to ensure safety of people and livestock. Chief Executive Officer of Kodagu Zilla Panchayat Mirza Akbarulla and Assistant Commissioner Akram Pasha were with him.

Rafts were used to shift the affected people at Balamuri. Situation remains grim at Bhagamandala and Aiyyageri as the road links from Bhagamandala remained cut off for the second consecutive day on Thursday. Efforts are on to clear debris on Madikeri-Chettalli road following a landslip on Wednesday.

A large number of trees have been uprooted in the district since Tuesday and power supply lines have been snapped. Power supply is yet to be restored in almost all parts of the district. In Madikeri city, power supply was restored in some localities on Thursday afternoon.

The front portion of a KSRTC bus was damaged as a small tree fell on it on the Madikeri-Mangalore road on Thursday afternoon.

According to information gathered from the District Control Room, 35 houses were damaged in rain in the three taluks of the district between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning. Nineteen houses were damaged in Virajpet taluk, 12 in Somwarpet taluk and four in Madikeri taluk. The loss is being estimated by various department authorities.

Talacauvery recorded the highest rainfall of 329.6 mm in the last 24 hours. Bhagamandala recorded 310.4 mm rainfall, Ammathi 310.3 mm, Madikeri city 267.4 mm, Virajpet town 210.8 mm, Balele 175.5 mm, Srimangala 153.2 mm, Napoklu 146.6 mm, Sampaje 121.8 mm, Hudikeri 115 mm, Siddapur 108 mm, Shanivarasante 95 mm and Sunticoppa 77.3 mm.

The average rainfall in the district from January to July 15 is 1394.01 mm. It was 937.27 mm in the corresponding period last year. Water-level in the Harangi reservoir was 2,846.58 ft on Thursday as against the full reservoir level of 2,859 ft. Inflow into the reservoir on Thursday was 11,063 cusecs.

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