Incessant rains lash large parts of Karnataka

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Bangalore, Aug 11 (UNI) One person was killed due to electrocution even as incessant rains continued to lash major parts of Karnataka due to a vigorous Southwest monsoon putting normal life out of gear.

Hundreds of houses were damaged, while some collapsed. Standing crop in vast tracts of land had been submerged along the river banks in districts like Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Chikmagalur, Uttara Kannada, Belgaum and Mysore.

At least 50 villages were marooned with flood waters while swirling water from Hiranyakeshi river threatened to submerge Sankeshwar town in Belgaum district.

Several rivers like Tunga, Bhadra and Krishna, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Doodganga, Vedganga and Hiranyakeshi rivers were flowing above danger marks.

Officials said one person was electrocuted when a electric wire snapped and fell on him amidst heavy rains in Dakshina Kannada last night.

According to IMD forecast heavy rains would continue to lash Kogadu, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Hassan districts in South Interior Karnataka during the next two days.

Chikmagalur bore the brunt of heavy rains lashing the district since three days while the situation was same in most parts of Shimoga. Kottigehara recorded 28 cms of rain during the last 24 hours ending 0830 hrs today, while Agumbe in Shimoga got 25 cms.

Agumbe, known as Chirapunji of South India, has so far received 463 cms of rain during the last two months.

Most of the reservoirs had reached full level with 1.51 lakh cusecs being released from Alamatti reservoir across Krishna in Bagalkot district.

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