Karnataka

Floods turn their lives upside down in a flash

Those living on the banks of Killuru Hole are staring at a bleak future

An electricity pole near the Killuru bridge built across Killuru Hole looked like it would collapse any minute with the river water eroding the soil on the banks of the river.

Bashir, who lives there, was fearful that the pole would collapse and the live wire would fall on the nearby homes.

A portion of the house on which Abdul Rashid’s family lived, has collapsed. “My family lost many documents and materials as the building got flooded,” he said.

Ashok, a tailor, lost his customers’ clothes as his shop was submerged. He lost stitching motors and an inverter too. “The flood waters entered within no time. We were helpless; we simply watched,” he said.

After working as an IT professional for 14 years in Bengaluru, Shivakumar Shivaraj purchased three acres of arecanut plantation at Kadamanagundi in Aanadkka area about two years ago. The flash floods which hit several villages in Malavanthige Gram Panchayat, Belthangady taluk, on Friday afternoon, also caused extensive damage to his plantation.

Another IT couple had purchased an adjacent arecanut plantation sometime ago. They were repairing an old house on the plantation to settle down there. But the floods partially damaged the house. “My plantation is now filled with at least half a foot of sludge and some tree trunks. The plantation looks like it has been coated with cement. This may decay the roots of the arecanut palms,” Mr. Shivaraj said.

“The Aanadkka road leading to many habitations has been washed away. There is no road for about 3.5 km; it has become a rivulet. Just like me, many farmers in the area have been suffering,” he said. The Aanadkka road had been laid about four months ago, Mr. Shivaraj said.

“Aanadkka alone has more than 15 families. If there is a road link, farmers will get some of the things done on their own,” he said, stressing on need to restore road connectivity.

Interior places in the panchayat have not had power since last Friday. Now, power connectivity has been established on the stretch between Kukkavu and Didupe.

“We need more earthmovers, not clothes now,” said D. Dinesh Gowda, former president of the panchayat. Earthmovers are required for restoration works, he said.

The Bangadi Kolli kambala track, where the famous Soorya-Chandra kambala (slush track buffalo race) is held at Kolli, near Killuru, is covered with at least three feet of sludge.

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