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Karnataka bears heavy rains with flood-like situation in coastal belt

Bengaluru: Karnataka witnessed widespread rain in the coastal districts and Malnad region, whereas most places in the north and south Karnataka experienced intermittent spells of moderate to heavy showers.

The unyielding downpour has triggered flash floods in Bhatkal taluk in Uttara Kannada and several parts of the Udupi district continued on Monday.

Bhatkal taluk on Sunday experienced a horrifying 209 mm (20.9 cm) of rain, sparking floods in many villages. Chowthini village has gone under the floodwaters of the Sharabi river. Many rivulets and streams have meandered their way through the villages and the farmlands in the taluk. Relentless showers, coupled with the NH-66 widening works, have left Maruthinagar, Moodbhatkal, Shamsuddin Circle, Shirali and Rangeenkatte in knee-deep water.

Officials said that the coastal security police managed to tow eight fishing boats to safety after they got stuck in high tide, off Bhatkal port. Relief centres have been opened at the government schools at Puravarga and Moodbhatkal as a precautionary measure.

There was no let-up in rain in Dakshina Kannada. The inclement weather has damaged road infrastructure, houses and crops.

A massive landslide damaged a portion of a building owned by Adishakthi Industries at Baikampady industrial area on Sunday. The factory is said to have suffered damages worth Rs 15 lakh.

Netravathi and Kumaradhara rivers continued to receive copious inflow. The Snanaghatta (bathing ghat) at Kukke Subrahmanya has remained underwater.

After a two-day lull, heavy showers lashed Kodagu, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru and Shivamogga districts. Many rivers and waterfalls, including the famed Jog Falls, in the Malnad region, have come alive.

With the Cauvery river receiving good inflow, a low-lying bridge at Balamuri is facing an imminent threat of submergence. The Krishnaraja Sagar and Kabini dams have been clocking good inflows following copious rain in their catchments.

North Karnataka districts, including Belagavi Hubballi-Dharwad, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Gadag, received intermittent showers.

Most of the water bodies in the Vijayanagara district are full to the brim following spells of sharp showers in the last few days. As much as 57,127 cusecs of water flowed into the Tungabhadra dam on Sunday. The dam has been receiving 3-4 tmcft of water daily.

Thundershowers lashed Chincholi taluk and Wadi town in Kalaburagi, affecting normal life, on Sunday. Davangere, Chitradurga, Tumakuru and Chikkaballapur districts also received copious rain on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the weather department has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall over coastal Karnataka till July 22. Active monsoon and the formation of a low-pressure area in the Bay of Bengal will bring rainfall to most parts of the state.

A red alert has been sounded for July 19 and 20 in the Malnad and coastal districts.


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