No respite from rains in Kodagu, Hassan

There was no respite from rain in Kodagu district on Friday too and life continued to be affected. Vehicular movement was thrown out of gear, and the Madikeri-Mangaluru highway developed cracks at Thalathmane, close to Madikeri town.

Bhagamandala continued to bear the brunt of nature’s fury. It received 153 mm of rainfall for the 24-hour period ending 8.30 a.m. on Friday. Sampaji received 101 mm; Madikeri Kasaba 75.40 mm; Srimangala 72.20 mm, and Hudikeri 70 mm during the same period. The average rainfall for the district as a whole was 70.84 mm as against 3.83 mm received during the same day last year. The cumulative rainfall in the district from January 1 to July 13 this year was 1917.50 mm as against 826.13 mm during the same period last year.

All educational institutions, including anganwadis, remained closed on Friday. The district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges till Saturday in view of the rains.

Meanwhile, the inflow into Harangi dam increased to 15,285 cusecs and the outflow was 11,911 cusecs, which would augment the volume of water reaching KRS in the downstream.

Landslips

Chikkamagaluru Special Correspondent reports:

Continuous rains caused landslips at Jayapura in Koppa taluk, forcing local authorities to regulate traffic movement on the busy road connecting Chikkamagaluru to Koppa and Sringeri. The land next to the road slipped more than 50 ft deep, causing anxiety among travellers. Officers of the Public Works Department visited the spot and decided to stop the movement of heavy vehicles on the road.

Barricades have been put up and watchers sent to the spot to alert travellers and ensure that there are no mishaps.

Search operation

Efforts to trace the 21-year-old youth, who went missing while travelling on his motorcycle on the Horanadu-Sringeri Road, continued on Friday. Ashok is believed to have fallen off the Hullinagadde Bridge. His motorbike was traced on Wednesday.

Rivers in spate

Though rains that have been lashing the district for the past one week abated, rivers continued to be in spate.

A landslip was reported on Friday near 14th curve on Agumbe Ghat that connects Shivamogga and Udupi districts. Public Works Department personnel rushed to the spot and dumped sand bags along the damaged slopes. Vehicular movement along Agumbe Ghat, however, remained unaffected. It may be mentioned that a landslip was reported near the seventh curve of Agumbe Ghat on June 28. Five shops were partially damaged owing to the landslip in Seebanakere locality in Tirthahalli town. The Varada and Mavinahole rivulet were overflowing, owing to which Beesanagadde village in Sagar taluk has turned into an island. A gruel centre has been opened at Beesanagadde. Tunga river continued to flow close to the danger mark in Shivamogga city as water at the rate of 65,165 cusecs was being discharged to it from Gajanur reservoir.

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