Two persons die in rain-related incidents in the district
Heavy rainfall is causing havoc in Uttara Kannada district. The Aghanashini and Sharavati river water is on the rise because of which Kumta, Siddapur, Sirsi, and Honnavar taluks have been affected. While there has been two rain-related deaths in the district, river water has entered the farmland in several areas and in many others houses in places along the river bank have been flooded.
Shrinivas Bhandari (50) of Aigalakurve village was electrocuted on Saturday.
Bhumika (3) was washed away in Gundabala stream in Mogata village in Honnavar taluk on Saturday. The police recovered her body on Saturday evening.
In Honnavar taluk, the Gundabala stream is overflowing and continuous rain has hindered rescue operations. Urugodu, Maskeri and Hadinabal villages in Honnavar taluk are flooded.
In Kumta taluk, the Aghanashini river is flowing above the danger mark and hundreds of families in Aigalakurve island, Hegde, Diwagi villages have been shifted to safer places. The Badagani stream in the taluk breached endangering the lives of many people in the surrounding areas.
Two villages Ajjarani and Magavalli on the banks of Varada river in Sirsi taluk have been marooned and the people have lost contact with the rest of the world. While the river water has entered all the houses in most of the villages on its bank, hundreds of acres of farmland have also been flooded. Many affected families along the river bank are trying to go to safer places.
Additional Deputy Commissioner K.H. Narasimhamurthy said that in 24 hours from 8 a.m. on Friday, July 30 to 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, the Uttara Kannada district had received 1,024.3 mm of rainfall.
The details of the rainfall that each of the taluks received are as follows:
Karwar 73 mm, Ankola 141.2 mm, Kumta 147.2 mm, Honnavar 188.5 mm, Bhatkal 87.4, Sirsi 95.0 mm, Siddapur 132.4 mm, Yellapur 43.6 mm, Mundgod 12.2 mm, Haliyal 30.6 mm and Joida 73.2 mm. According to the district administrations, families from the flooded areas are being shifted to gruel centres. Rescue operations are being carried out.
And, the inflow in Kadra, Kodasalli, Supa and Linganamakki dams has increased with incessant rainfall. The authorities have said that water from the dams may be released any time and people have to be on the alert. The authorities have issued warning to the people living on the banks of the Kali and Sharavati rivers.