Hubballi: North Karnataka, which until now was parched, recieved moderate to heavy rains contnuously since Wednesday evening bring in its wake a flood of woes to some the districts like Vijayapura, Raichur, Bagalkot and Koppal.
In Vijayapura several low-lying areas in the district were inundated as the the River Doni is overflowing and the Hadaginala Road is waterlogged. The rains have also washed away crops in Nagathan and surrounding areas. “Lemon trees are showing their roots due to soil erosion. Tur crops on several hundred acres have suffered damage,” Mallu Basavanthappa Katnalli, a farmer of Nagathan, told the Deccan Herald.
Raichur too recieved a good amount of rainfall. There were injuries and reports of property damage. A man suffered injuries after the roof of a house in Halepete Colony of Mudagal. In Kyravadi village the wall of a house crumbled but no injuries were reported. However the irrigation situation has improved with the Muski reservoir full to the brim forcing the opening of the crestgates of the reservoir. The water level in the Kavitala lake too has increased.
In Bagalkot, the the Valakaladinni stream is overflowing causing the traffic on Kudalasangama-Myageri-Almatti Road to a standstill. Around 20 villages have been cut off. With three streams running accross the road from Kudalasangama to Vasakaladinni, it is completely blocked. Even though road repair work and construction of bridges was sanctioned 3 months ago, work has not started resulting in a nightmare for commuters and locals.
Hubballi-Dharwad the second business hub of Karnataka, saw the KPL matches at the water-logged KSCA stadium at Rajnagar on Thursday being abandoned. Normal life was thrown out of gear for a while in the afternoon. Drains overflowed inundating roads in low-lying areas. Several houses were flooded in Lakshmisinganakeri in Dharwad and Old Hubli area in Hubballi.
In Shivamogga there were very heavy rains on thursday. Shivamogga, Sagar, Thirthahalli, Hosanagar, Bhadravathi, Shikaripur and some parts of Sorab taluks received moderate to heavy rains. The water level in Linganamakki dam rose to 1,787.40 feet against the maximum level of 1,819 feet. The inflow of water was 2,992 cusecs while the outflow was 1,432 cusecs. This is major improvement over the levels in the first half of the monsoon and augurs well for the summer.