Fresh landslip in Kodagu district as rain intensifies

A portion of the Virajpet-Makutta road in Kodagu district that caved in on Monday.

A portion of the Virajpet-Makutta road in Kodagu district that caved in on Monday.  

With rainfall intensifying in Kodagu district in the last two days, a fresh landslip that occurred on Monday morning has affected traffic moving towards Kerala.

A stretch of Virajpet-Makutta Road, one of the key roads between Kodagu and Kerala, has caved in. As a safety measure, traffic between Perumbadi check-post to Makutta check-post on the highway has been suspended.

Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy, accompanied by officials of the Revenue and Public Works Departments, visited the site and issued directions for repairing the stretch. In the interest of public safety and to facilitate repair works, vehicle movement has been banned on the road for three days.

Alternatively, vehicles moving towards Kerala have been diverted through Gonikoppal, Ponnampet and Kutta to reach Manandawadi in Kerala.

In view of the heavy rain reported in Bhagamandala, the Deputy Commissioner also visited the pilgrimage centre to take stock of the situation. She visited the Triveni Sangam at Bhagamandala, which is flowing to the brim. In the last 24 hours, Bhagamandala has recorded over 150 mm rainfall.

Ms. Joy later visited the Bhagandeshwara temple and held a meeting with the temple management on the works to be carried out. Bhagamandala and Ayyangeri have been cut off with the link road submerged in flood waters.

In the last 24 hours, Kodagu has recorded 62.88 mm rainfall, which is higher than what the district witnessed on this day last year.

The inflow to Harangi dam on Monday was at the rate of 1,230 cusecs. On this day last year, it was 5,662 cusecs.

In Shivamogga

Heavy rain lashed Shivamogga district on Monday disrupting life. The rain began in Shivamogga and Bhadravati towns at 9 a.m. and continued to pour throughout the day, confining most people indoors. More than 60 electricity poles were uprooted in Hosanagar taluk in the past two days. Vehicular movement along the road that connects Hosanagar with Kollur was disrupted for sometime on Monday as a huge tree fell on the road due to heavy wind. Several parts of Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts received moderate to heavy rains in the last two days. The rain that lashed parts of Mudigere taluk has caused landslips, affecting life in rural areas.

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