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After drought, Ballari is now facing flash floods

Passengers had a miraculous escape when a bus in which they were travelling slid from the over flowing causeway near Darur in Sirguppa taluk in Ballari on Monday.

Passengers had a miraculous escape when a bus in which they were travelling slid from the over flowing causeway near Darur in Sirguppa taluk in Ballari on Monday.  

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In about eight hours, district records an average rainfall of 68.9 mm

Ballari, which was reeling under a severe drought-like situation due to deficient rainfall, is now facing floods all of a sudden due to heavy rain that lashed the district on Sunday evening.

Heavy incessant rainfall caused flash floods in a couple of rivulets in Sirguppa taluk, inundated low-lying areas besides damaging crops, private and public property.

However, there were no casualties reported from any part of the district.

In six to eight hours, the district recorded an average rainfall of 68.9 mm.

The highest rainfall of 112.1 mm was recorded in Hosapete taluk, followed by Ballari and Sandur with 86.6, Sirguppa 71.4, Hagari Bommanahalli 51.3, Kudligi 50.2 and Hadagali 17.5 mm.

As many as 23 farmers, who were stranded in pump houses along the banks of the Kenchahalla near Darur village in Sirguppa taluk, and 10 labourers engaged in digging a borewell at Rayarakere in Hosapete city, were rescued by the Home Guards and Fire and Emergency Services personnel on Monday.

On getting information that the 23 farmers, who had gone to operate pumps to lift water from the Kenchahalla, were stranded after the rivulet started swelling, Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla, Additional Superintendent of Police Vijay Dambal, Home Guard Commandant Shakeeb and their staff rushed to the spot and supervised the rescue operations.

At Hosapete, the 10 workers from a borewell drilling unit were stranded in the Rayarakere, a low-lying area, adjacent to the Tungabhadra dam, that got inundated in the rainwater. The stranded persons, who had taken shelter on top of a lorry, were rescued by the Fire and Emergency Services personnel.

Following heavy rain, Kamalapur tank, near Hampi, overflowed inundating paddy, banana, cotton, chilli and sugarcane fields in the vicinity.

According to reports reaching here, people were put to inconvenience when storm-water gushed into several houses in low-lying areas in Ballari, Sirguppa, Hosapete and Sandur taluks.

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