Following heavy rain, many villages in Malnad area have lost road connectivity to their neighbouring villages, and their only connection is through narrow and precarious bridges made of logs.
Residents of many villages in Sringeri, N.R. Pura, Koppa, and Mudigere taluks of Chikkamagaluru district find it difficult to cross the overflowing rivers to reach the next village or the nearest town.
Two girls — Divya, 16, and Mallige, 17, — had fallen into a stream while crossing a rickety bridge at Vandagadde village in Sringeri taluk on Monday. Mallige’s father, Singappa Gowda, who was close to the stream, noticed the girls fall into the water and rescued them.
“If Mallige’s father was not around, the girls would have been washed away in the stream that joins the Tunga,” said Manishekhar Ballikonda, a resident of Ballikonda a village in Sringeri taluk. Many villages, including Ballikonda, Vandagadde, Avige, Edagunda, and Kachage in the taluk are connected to the outer world only through such bridges. “We have been demanding proper bridges for the last 20 years. During the rainy season, we lose connectivity with the outer world,” Mr. Ballikonda told
Schoolchildren, in particular, are facing the brunt of the situation. Children of Mahalgod in N.R. Pura had difficulty in returning home after school hours on Tuesday as the road connecting Kalasa and Balehonnur was inundated. Their parents and local residents took the children to their residences through coffee estates and forest area. “This is common during heavy rain. The road gets flooded when the Bhadra is in spate, making it difficult for vehicles and pedestrians to take the route,” said Satish Jain, a resident of Balehonnur.
Dies in wall collapse
Many parts of the district have been receiving heavy rain for the past few days. A woman died when a wall of a cattle shed collapsed on her at Kambihalli in Chikkamagaluru taluk on Tuesday. Vanaja, 48, was working in the shed, when the wall collapsed. Similarly, a house at Hariharapura in Koppa taluk collapsed partially owing to heavy rain.
Landslips have been reported along the Chandra Drona hill range, where Bababudangiri and Mullayyanagiri are located. Boulders have placed along the stretches so that travellers could take extra care.
Chikkamagaluru district received an average rainfall of 33.33 mm against the ‘normal’ of 16.8 mm in the 24 hours that ended at 8.30 a.m. on Tuesday. The highest rainfall of 161.5 mm was recorded at Kigga in Sringeri taluk.
Continuous heavy rain in the catchment area of the Hemavati reservoir has increased the water level in the dam at Gorur, near Hassan. On Tuesday, the water level stood at 2,910.58 ft, 12 ft short of the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft.
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