Karnataka Bureau

Several villages in State marooned; water-level in KRS crosses the 100-foot mark

Schools in Kodagu closed on Friday and Saturday

Compound wall of Chennakeshava temple collapses

Bangalore: Heavy rains across the State left a trail of destruction in many districts claiming five lives and causing damage to property.

Three persons, including two children, were killed on the spot and two others, including one-year old boy were injured in a house collapse at Laxmisinganakere in Hubli on Wednesday night

The victims have been identified as Hanumanth R. Belagavi (35) and his daughters Laxmi (6) and Ashwini (4). Hanumanth’s wife Mahadevi (30) and one-year-old son Ramesh have been hospitalised.

According to the police, following incessant rain, a portion of the retaining wall built by the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation at Laxmisinganakeri in Dharwad fell on the house of Hanumanth.

Houses collapse

Special Correspondent reports from Mysore:

Nature’s fury left a trail of destruction as two persons were killed in separate incidents in Mysore district when the houses in which they were asleep collapsed in the last 48 hours.

The victims have been identified as Kamalamma (65) of Mahadeva colony in Duddagere village in Varuna Hobli who was crushed under the debris of her house which collapsed in the early hours of Thursday, and Ganapa (45) of Rani Gate in Periyapatana taluk who too died under similar circumstances.

Three persons who were injured injuries in the house collapse have been shifted to K.R. Hospital for treatment.

Though rainfall abated to an extent in parts of Mysore on Thursday, the inflow into the reservoirs continued unabated owing to heavy rains in the catchment areas of the Cauvery and the Kapila.

The water-level in the Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir (KRS) crossed the 100-foot mark as against its Full Reservoir Level of 124.80 feet. It was hovering at 100.15 feet on Thursday morning.

The Kapila is in spate and the outflow from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote has been stepped up in view of heavy rains in Wayanad region.

As a result of heavy discharge, the low lying areas in the downstream of Kabini have been inundated and people have been asked to move to safe places. However, no major damage to property has been reported though revenue officials have been deputed to assess the loss, if any.

Train services hit

Hassan Staff Correspondent reports:

Landslips have been reported at four places on the Hassan-Mangalore railway line between Donegal and Sirivagilu affecting train services on the section.

Senior railway officials, including the Divisional Railway Manager of Mysore arrived here to oversee track clearance.

The landslips are likely to be cleared by Friday evening or Saturday morning. A huge boulder rolled down a hillock near Yedakumeri.

While the Bangalore-Mangalore train was detained at Sakleshpur, the Mangalore-Bangalore train was detained at Subramanya Road. Passengers were sent to their destinations by KSRTC buses.

In Belur, the compound wall of Chennakeshava temple collapsed to a length of 60 feet. The wall was built during Veeraballala dynasty and later rebuilt by Vijayanagar emperors. In 1934, the Maharaja of Mysore got the wall repaired the wall.

Over 12 villages in Hassan district have been cut off as the Bislammana Kere bridge in Belur was washed away.

Life affected

Staff Correspondent reports from Madikeri:

Incessant rain continued in Kodagu district throwing life out of gear on Thursday. Major rivers, including the Cauvery, are in spate inundating vast areas of paddy fields. River waters entered many houses in the low-lying areas. Many people were shifted to relief centres from Gonicoppa, Balamuri and Karadigodu areas as stormwater entered their houses. Schools in the district will remain closed on Friday and Saturday following torrential rains.

The Cauvery overflowed at Betri, cutting off road link between Madikeri and Virajpet since Wednesday night. Nearby Tandagundi bridge also has been submerged.

Rafts were used to shift people marooned at Balamuri. Situation remains grim at Bhagamandala, Aiyyageri as the road links from Bhagamandala remained cut off for the second consecutive day.

As many as 35 houses have been damaged in rain in the three taluks of the district in the last 24 hours.

Highway flooded

Special Correspondent reports from Mangalore:

Heavy rain in the catchment areas of the Nethravathi marooned parts of Adyarkatte village on the national highway stretch between Mangalore and B.C. Road.

The Kumaradhara bridge near the temple-town of Subramanaya remained submerged since Wednesday. Another bridge at Darpanatheertha was also blocked for some time. As many as 19 houses have been damaged in different parts of Dakshina Kannada district.

A contingent of 89 personnel from the NDRF (Natural Disaster Relief Force) from Chennai has been stationed in Bantwal as the Nethravathi was flowing above the danger mark.

Good inflow

Special Correspondent reports from Shimoga:

Incessant rains in the last 24 hours paralysed life in some parts of Shimoga district on Thursday.

While the low lying areas were inundated, water-level in major reservoirs increased posing a threat to the people residing on the banks of the rivers.

The level of the Linganamakki Reservoir — the main reservoir of the Sharavathy Project — stood at 1,785.50 feet, an increase of nearly four feet in the last 24 hours, against the maximum level of 1,819 feet. The Tunga, which was flowing at the height of 24 feet on Thursday morning, crossed the danger mark at 25 feet in the afternoon.

Houses damaged

Udupi Staff Correspondent reports;

As many as 50 houses were damaged, while a large number of arecanut trees and some banana plantations and fields were destroyed following to rains and wind in Udupi district on Thursday.