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Cut off: Sakleshpur town was marooned after the taluk received 165.2 mm of rain on Thursday.
Cut off: Sakleshpur town was marooned after the taluk received 165.2 mm of rain on Thursday.

Staff Correspondent

Landslips reported along Hassan-Mangalore railway track; train services cancelled

The Shibaje bridge near Gundia has been submerged by the overflowing Kempuhole

60 feet of the compound wall around the Chennakeshava temple in Belur has collapsed

HASSAN: Sakleshpur town was marooned after the taluk received 165.2 mm of rain on Thursday. Traffic came to a standstill on National Highway 48 between Sakleshpur and Maranahalli after 50 trees were uprooted in the early hours of Thursday. Removing the trees took more than six hours. Ten houses in Sakleshpur town and 20 houses in villages in the taluk collapsed.

Landslips were reported in four places on the Hassan-Mangalore railway track between Donegal and Sirivagilu in the early hours of Thursday following heavy rain in the Western Ghats and in and around Sakleshpur taluk. One landslip occurred between Yedakumeri and Sirivagilu and three landslips occurred between Yedakumeri and Donegal.

Senior Railway officers, including the Divisional Railway Manager, Mysore, said the tracks would be cleared with earthmovers. The track may be cleared by Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Near Yedakumeri, a boulder rolled across the track. Engineers said it would have to be blasted to pieces if it could not be moved with an earthmover.Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra said that train services between Bangalore and Mangalore had been cancelled. The Bangalore-Mangalore train was detained in Sakleshpur and passengers were transported in a KSRTC bus to Mangalore. The train went back to Bangalore.

The Mangalore-Bangalore train was detained at the Subramanya Road station and passengers were sent to Bangalore by KSRTC buses. The train went back to Mangalore. Goods trains were detained at the Sakleshpur railway station and a few trains were detained in Hassan.

The Shibaje bridge near Gundia was submerged by the overflowing Kempuhole. All the streams in Alur, Belur and Sakleshpur taluks are overflowing. In many places, electricity poles have fallen, disrupting power supply. Crops on more than 80 acres have been washed away in Belur taluk.

Heavy rain in Belur caused the collapse of 60 feet of the compound wall around the Chennakeshava temple.

The Bislammana Kere bridge (near Vishnu Samudra) in Belur has been washed away. As a result more than 12 villages including Chennapura, Nittoor, Lakshmipura, Kandavara and Kirigudla have been cut off.

The Yagachi reservoir is almost full, and the five crest gates were opened on Thursday to release 10,500 cusecs of water, which is equivalent to the inflow. The water-level is being kept at 3,164.23 ft, the full reservoir level (FRL) being 3,183 ft.

The water-level in the Vatihole reservoir in Belur taluk has reached 3,157.31 ft (FRL is 3,197.96 ft), the inflow being 1,227 cusecs.

As of noon on Thursday, the Hemavathi reservoir recorded a water-level of 2907.9 ft against the FRL of 2,922 ft. The inflow to the reservoir was 50,000 cusecs and the present storage is 25.120 tmcft. Sakleshpur taluk recorded 165.2 mm of rainfall on Thursday, taking the total from January till now to 1,130.6 mm. Last year, the rainfall was 952.3 mm during the same period.

The corresponding figures for the other taluks are as follows: Alur - 52 mm, 550.7 mm and 600.7 mm; Arkalgud - 40.2 mm, 403.6 mm and 429.4 mm; Arsikere - 19 mm, 373.5 mm and 365.2 mm; Belur - 161.2 mm, 729.3 mm and 513.1 mm; Chennaraypatna - 20.4 mm, 253.4 mm and 297.9 mm; Hassan - 33.6 mm, 584.0 mm and 506.4 mm; and Holenarsipur - 22 mm, 284.2 mm and 279.1 mm. The corresponding figures for average rainfall in the district are 64.2 mm, 538.66 mm and 493.01 mm.

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