Monsoon mayhem continues in Belgaum district

NOT A SAFE BRIDGE: The Alatga bridge in Belgaum poses a danger to people crossing the Markandeya.

NOT A SAFE BRIDGE: The Alatga bridge in Belgaum poses a danger to people crossing the Markandeya.  

Toll five; all rivers in the district in spate

Staff Correspondent

BELGAUM: Heavy rain continued to lash the district, particularly the catchment areas of rivers that flow through the district. There has been no let up in the rainfall even after two weeks, as a consequence of which many low-lying areas have been inundated.

The death toll in the district owing to heavy rainfall increased to five with a 49-year-old resident of Jaferwadi drowning in the Markandeya while he was crossing it on the Alatga bridge on Monday evening. His body is yet to be recovered.

This is the third death at the Alatga bridge where the river is in spate and the water is flowing over 3 ft above the bridge. Two farmers drowned on Saturday.

Another youth drowned in the Hiranyakeshi near Sankeshwar when he went there to take bath. The district administration has not included this case under the list of "deaths owing to natural calamity."

The people of Kadoli and surrounding areas have been demanding that the height of the bridge be increased. But their plea is yet to evoke action from the officials, a resident of Kadoli said. The bridge is waterlogged every year, which causes difficulties to the villagers of Kadoli and surrounding areas. The district administration has advised vehicle users against using the bridge until the water in the river recedes.

Rivers in spate

The Krishna, the Malaprabha, the Ghataprabha, the Markandeya and the Hiranyakeshi are in spate following incessant rainfall in their catchments areas and the southern districts of Maharashtra. The inflow into the Ghataprabha reservoir has increased and was recorded at 22,225 cusecs on Tuesday while the inflow into the Malaprabha dam was recorded at 9,076 cusecs.

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