Two youths were swept away in Nanjangud, near Mysuru, and at Koppa taluk in Chikkamagaluru district in rain-related incidents on Tuesday.
Musafir Sharief, 28, who went for a swim in the swollen Kapila in Nanjangud was swept away in the swirling waters. Sharief, a native of Nanjangud, was running a timber business.
He had gone with five of his friends to the old bridge across the river when they decided to swim across to the opposite bank. Eyewitnesses said all of them jumped from the bridge to the river and began swimming, but Sharief was swept away. A search operation was launched on Wednesday morning and Fire and Emergency Services personnel and expert divers scoured the river. But the operation became difficult as the water level continued to rise because of the increase in outflow from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote.
Though local people in the vicinity averred that the six youths took a challenge to swim across the river and decided to take the plunge, Sharief’s family members said they were mere rumours.
Heavy rains continued to lash many parts of Hassan and Chikkamagaluru districts on Wednesday, affecting life.
Ashok, 21, an agricultural worker of Karemane, was washed away in a stream near Kogre village near Guddethota in Koppa taluk of Chikkamagaluru.
There were reports of landslides in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan owing to the rains.
Ashok is believed to have fallen into the stream while crossing Hullinagadde Bridge on Horanadu-Sringeri Road late in the evening on Tuesday.
He was on his way to a relative’s house at Kotethota Colony on his bike when he went missing. The local police with the help of Fire and Emergency staff conducted search operations on Wednesday.
During the operation, which continued till late in the evening, only his two-wheeler could be traced. The local people said that he must have fallen into the stream after failing to gauge the flow of water over the bridge. Many parts of Koppa, N.R. Pura, Sringeri, and Mudigere taluks received heavy rains on the day, affecting life. Motorists and those driving four-wheelers had a tough time in negotiating the narrow roads in the district.
Walls of two houses at Goddu village collapsed. A tree was uprooted at Byakaravalli, affecting vehicular movement. As Uchhangi stream overflowed vast tracts of paddy fields were flooded.
Heavy rains in Kodagu in the last few days has thrown normal life out of gear and resulted in innundation and local floods across the region.
Triveni sangama at Bhagamandala was overflowing and traffic on the Bhagamandala-Ayangeri road was disrupted on Wednesday even as educational institutions remained shut in view of incessant rains. Rivulets and streams were overflowing on the Madikeri-Bhagamandala road and inflated boats were pressed into service to ferry people. A holiday has been declared for educational institutions on Thursday also.
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