More rain and flooding this year in Kodagu
Kodagu district has received more rainfall this year, though the monsoon was erratic.
Kodagu received 1,583.31 mm from January to July 17 this year against 940.42 mm during the corresponding period last year.
Major rivers, including the Cauvery, are in spate and have inundated vast areas of paddy fields. Several people were shifted to rehabilitation centres at Gonikoppal, Balamuri and Karadigodu areas as water entered their houses.
The Cauvery was overflowing at Bethri, cutting off road connectivity between Madikeri and Virajpet. Tandagundi bridge nearby has been submerged.
The overflowing Lakshmanateertha river has inundated paddy fields and severed the road link from Nittoor to Balele town.
The Keerehole near Gonikoppa overflowed and the water entered many houses along its banks. The Madikeri-Hakathur road stretch between Kaggodu and Hakathur was cut off for some time. The Cauvery water entered the Kottamudi road and blocked the Napoklu-Murnad road at Bolibane.
Rafts were deployed to shift the affected people at Balamuri. Situation remained grim at Bhagamandala and Aiyyangeri as the road links from Bhagamandala remained cut off for a few days. Work was in progress to clear debris on Madikeri-Chettalli road following a landslip on Wednesday.
Power supply was disrupted in most parts of the districts for days on end, including Madikeri town.
A mechanised boat was used to ferry people to and from Bhagamandala as roads to Madikeri and Aiyyangeri are under water. The old bathing ghat and the new changing rooms close to the Triveni Sangama have been submerged. Several trees have fallen all along the Bhagamandala-Madikeri route.
Deputy Commissioner Ashwatha Narayana Gowda and Assistant Commissioner Akram Pasha visited Bhagamandala to take stock of the situation.
A number of waterfalls along the Madikeri-Chettalli road and Bhagamandala-Karike road have come alive, due to the incessant rainfall. Almost all major waterfalls in the district such as Abbi Falls, Chelavara Falls in Cheyyandane, Medura Falls and Geejaganda Falls in Surlabbi, Devaragundi Falls near Mukkodlu are in full flow.