KARNATAKA

District returning to normality after deluge

Special Correspondent

MANDYA: The district is yet to recover from the flash floods owing to heavy rainfall in the past few months. Rain lashed the region again since Saturday and breached a number of tanks.

People are slowly coming to terms with the reality and road transport system is limping back to normality. However, parts of K.R. Pet and Nagamangala continue to reel under the impact of the floods. The KSRTC bus stand at Nagamangala was submerged under five feet of water. However, the water-level at Lokapavani bridge near Srirangapatana has receded.

Traffic between Mysore and Bangalore along the four-lane highway has been restored, while buses from K.R. Pet to Hassan, Nagamangala, and Tumkur are taking a detour due to a breach on the bridges across water bodies. The authorities are trying to ascertain the total damage from the floods, and it is estimated that the total loss in the district could be in the region of Rs. 75 crores to Rs. 100 crores.

A rough estimate by officials and elected representatives indicate that standing crops in nearly 25,000 acres of land have been destroyed due to the flash floods.

Pandavpura and K.R. Pet taluks in the district have suffered the maximum losses as a number of tanks and lakes spilled over and breached their embankments. The administration has been directed to carry out an assessment of the actual loss incurred in the district.

People are struggling for basic amenities in some waterlogged areas such as Lakshmisagara in Pandavpura taluk, which is among the worst affected regions. The canal drawn from Tonur Kere overflowed and flooded the village.

Water entered 15 houses, most of which are now reckoned be unfit for habitation.

The district administration is finding it difficult to assess the damage as senior officials are busy receiving elected representatives and accompanying them around affected areas.

Meanwhile, public opinion is building up against the Government.

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