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Heavy rains create flood scare in parts of Karnataka

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21st October, 2019 19:27 IST

Bengaluru: Torrential rains in many parts of the state have created a flood scare afresh as many rivers are in spate, especially in north Karnataka and Chikkamagaluru.

For the past few days, torrential rains in north interior Karnataka has wreaked havoc as many rivers, rivulets and small streams are in spate, reminiscent of the floods in August this year, official sources said.

The affected districts are Dharwad, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Gadag, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru, where water has gushed into houses and government buildings, including schools and banks in low-lying areas.

Belagavi, yet to recover from the flood-fury two months ago, once again bore the brunt of the heavy downpour. The Meteorological department recorded 58.1 MM rain from Sunday evening to Monday morning in Belagavi.

Rainwater gushed into many houses in low-lying areas in Chikkodi and some other places, forcing people to take shelter on roof-tops.

Three houses collapsed in Shahpur, a suburb of Belagavi city.

Many inter-village connectivity roads were inundated, causing the stoppage of traffic.
National Highway 4 was closed at night on Sunday and hundreds of vehicles, including state transport buses, were stranded on both sides of the Sutagatti ghat.

A Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation bus coming towards Belagavi from Panagutti was stuck on the road after it caved in due to heavy rains.

The Belagavi-Goa route was also affected near Jamboti due to a landslide, which swept away many parked vehicles, the sources said.

In Belagavi district’s Gokak town, water from the Ghataprabha river inundated many areas, creating panic among the residents.

The town was badly affected by the floods in August.

In Dharwad district, a stream at Bennehalla in Navalgund Taluk is raging, threatening to inundate the national highway connecting Solapur in Maharashtra.

In Kalaburagi too, a stream cut off connectivity between Anuru in Alanda Taluk and neighbouring Maharashtra.

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre director G S Srinivasa Reddy said the intensity of rains and inflow in Krishna and its tributaries may increase in the next two to three days as two upper air cyclonic systems in the Arabian sea and Bay of Bengal were bringing rain in the interior parts of Karnataka.

At present, Krishna and her tributaries are flowing below the danger mark but the intensity of inflow of water in these rivers may increase, Reddy told PTI.

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