Rain pounds Kodagu: Holiday for schools
As rains continued to pound Kodagu since Sunday, the district administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges on August 7 and 8. Normal life has been paralysed in the district as heavy showers lashed all over the district, including Madikeri, Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Napoklu, Bhagamandala, Ammathi and Somwarpet.
The rains brought relief to Kodagu as a long dry spell and the failure of the South-West monsoon in the past couple of months had led to anxiety among the people.
Cauvery and Lakshmanateertha rivers are in spate, threatening to flood the low-lying areas. All the four crest gates of the Harangi reservoir were opened on Sunday as the water reached full reservoir level of 2,859 feet.
Cauvery is flowing above the road at Bhagamandala on Madikeri-Bhagamandala Road and Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri Road. More rains in the next few days could cut off road links. Mechanised boats have been kept ready at Bhagamandala which was likely to be cut off in the event of incessant rainfall.
Further, rain has completely thrown life out of gear in the southern part, particularly the Srimangala hobli area. A few houses have collapsed. Water from the Lakshmanateertha and Kakkattu rivers entered neighbouring villages in Srimangala and T. Shettigeri areas and vast areas of paddy fields and coffee plantations had been inundated. Some people who were stranded at a few houses were rescued by the river rafting team members in Srimangala on Monday. Inflow has increased into the Irpu river and water is gushing down the Irpu Falls.
The Balyamandur-Harihara Road and Nalkeri-Srimangala Road were flooded and vehicular movement cut off. Landslips had occurred at Kottakere in the Birunani-Parakatageri areas cutting off road traffic.
Kodagu has received an average rainfall of 1088.82 mm this year (till August 6) against last year’s 1833 mm in the same period.
The district administration is keeping a close watch on the rain situation in the district as landslips could occur on the Madikeri-Chettalli Road and Madikeri-Murnad Road. The water level in the Cauvery has risen considerably at Balamuri, Betri, Dubare, Karadigodu, and Guhya areas posing flood threats. Expert swimmers and divers were in standby mode to meet any eventuality.