Rain havoc: one dead; road links severed

Two days of heavy rainfall hits life in south-interior Karnataka; flood-relief operations under way in Bhagamandala

Updated - July 21, 2017 07:44 am IST

Published - July 21, 2017 12:38 am IST - MYSURU

Karnataka : Mysuru  : 20/07/2017 : Flood  at Bagamandala    (e mail hadout from Kodagu regon )

Karnataka : Mysuru : 20/07/2017 : Flood at Bagamandala (e mail hadout from Kodagu regon )

Even though the rain subsided to an extent in many parts of south-interior Karnataka on Thursday, two days of heavy rainfall continued to throw life out of gear in Kodagu and claimed one life in Chikkamagaluru district. The Tunga is flowing near the danger mark in Shivamogga.

Landslides were reported from several parts of south Kodagu, leading to closure of the highway leading to Kerala from Virajpet. A 33-year-old woman, who was injured after a tree fell on her in Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday, died in a hospital on Thursday.

In Kodagu, the skies began clearing by noon. But, normal life was hit in several parts of the district owing to uprooting of trees, flooding of areas along the rivers and lakes, submerging of roads, and roadsides caving in.

After a road connecting Kodagu with Kerala near the Perumbadi check-post caved in, the district administration closed the road for traffic. Traffic between Kodagu and Kerala was diverted via the alternative Gonikoppa-Kutta-Mananthavadi route.

The roads in Talacauvery and Bhagamandala region, which received very heavy rainfall over the last two days, remained submerged on Thursday. The water level in Triveni Sangama too had not receded till Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, the Kodagu district administration convened a meeting on Thursday and deputed a 10-member team of Home Guards to Bhagamandala for flood-relief operations. Deputy Commissioner Vincent D’Souza said the team will be provided river rafts and a boat for the time being, and additional boats will be requisitioned if necessary. Stating that gruel centres will be opened in rain and flood-hit areas, Mr. D’Souza also directed the Public Works Department to take up work on repairing of the roads near Perumbadi check-post that had caved in.

No power

Meanwhile, Shivamogga continued to receive good rain, leading to disruption of power supply in Thirthahalli taluk and in Nagara hobli in Hosanagara taluk. Power supply has not been restored to at least eight villages since the last two days. As the Tunga was flowing near the danger mark 39,314 cusecs of water was being discharged from the Gajanur reservoir.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.