The monsoon rains continued to lash the Cuavery and normal life was thrown out of gear as roads are filled with flowing flood waters. The rain which had shown some respite in Kodagu yesterday morning, started pouring by evening and the District Administration has declared holiday for the schools and colleges. With flood like situation, people were forced to remain in their homes. The Kodagu district has received 100 mm of rain during the last 24.
The district administration was working on war footing to clear the road blockade created by falling trees along the highway connecting Virajpet and Kannur.
A senior official in the district administration said Bhagamandala and Talacauvery too received their share of heavy rains. There were more than 15 landslips on the road from Makutta to Virajpet bringing the traffic to a grinding halt since late Tuesday. the roads between MadikeriKerala cut off from the mainland.
Similarly, traffic movement between T. Shettigeri and Birunani was affected owing to heavy rains, which caused soil erosion and affected the roads.
The authorities have sought additional funds from the government to take up rain relief works in the district. Birunani in Virajpet received 256.5 mm of rain and Bettoli 126 mm, and given the incessant rains, there have been frequent disruption in power supply in the interior areas.
An average of 250 mm of rainfall was recorded in some of the villages along the Lakshmantirtha, while inflatable boats were deployed in Bhagamandala to facilitate people's movement. Minor streams in the district were overflowing and paddy fields have been flooded affecting agriculture.
Meanwhile, according to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), Kodagu district received 511 mm of rainfall between June 1 to 13 which is 150 per cent above normal.
The water level into the Harangi Reservoir built across river Cauvery has increased to 2820 feet against the maximum level at 2859 feet with inflow being 5000 cusecs. With heavy rains lashing out in the Hassan district, hundreds of the acres ofAgriculture land with crops including Potato, Tobacco , Paddy and other cash crops were totally marooned with flood water.
Following heavy rains in the catchment area of Hemavati, the water level in the reservoir at Gorur near Hassan has been increasing. it was also recorded that nearly seven feet of level increased in the reservoir stood at 2888.75 feet against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft. Last year on this day, the water level stood at 2,853.23 ft. The inflow on Thursday was at the rate of 40,000 cusecs, while the inflow on this day last year was only at the rate of 819 cusecs.
Many parts of Sakleshpur, Alur, Belur, and Arkalgud taluks received heavy rainfall. The district's highest rainfall of 112 mm was registered at Heggadde in Sakleshpur taluk.
Chikkamagaluru district also received widespread rainfall and continued to affect the life. At several palaces the roads were completely submerged with flood waters. Farmers, worried about a dip in the yield caused by heavy rains, are hoping for no-rain days so that they could take measures to safeguard their crops.
Heavy rains that lashed parts of Sakleshpur in Hassan district for the last one week have prompted many planters to dig out past rainfall records and compare it with the latest. Many say they have not seen such heavy incessant rainfall in their lifetime. The rainfall records maintained at a private estate near Sakleshpur over the past 152 years substantiate their claim.
The water level in the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir has increased to six feet since last 24 hours with reading 90.80 feet against the maximum level of 124.80 feet with inflow of 28383 cusecs .The water level was 67.46 ft. on June 14 last year.
Kasaba near Madikeri, Napoklu, Kasaba near Virajapet, Ammathi, Balele, Kasaba near Somawarapet, Shanthalli, Kodlipete, Suntikoppa and Kushalanagar of Kodagu district too got widespread rains, revenue department sources said.
Following the heavy rains in the catchment area Waynad in Kerala the Kabini Reservoir in Mysuru district is just 8 feet short of reaching the maximum level of 2284 feet with inflow being 22098 cusecs.
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