Heavy rain in South Karntaka claims five lives

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Bangalore, Aug 29 (UNI) Five persons, including a minor girl and a woman, have died and at least 20 tanks breached since yesterday following heavy rain lashing many parts of South Interior Karnataka.

Heavy rain during the last three days have resulted in atleast 4000 acres of standing crops being destroyed, according to official sources.

Hassan district which received the highest rainfall bore the brunt as many tanks breached their bunds inundating large tracts of standing crops.

Rain-related damages were also reported from Bellary, Chamarajanagar, Mandya and Tumkur districts, the sources added.

Yesterday, two persons were killed when they went to their fields to inspect the damaged crops near Kittane village in Hassan. They were identified as Swamy Gowda (45) and Nagashetty (50).

In Alabanur village of Bellary district 10-year-old was washed away while crossing a rivulet along with her mother.

In Mandya district Dharmaraju (40) died instantly while his wife was seriously injured when lightning struck them while they were going back home near Nelligere village.

In Tumkur district a 65-year-old woman Honnamma died near Kallur cross when her thatched house collapsed amid heavy rain.

Meanwhile, good rain during last two months has resulted in major reservoirs like Almatti across Krishna in Bagalkot district and Krishnaraja Sagar in Mysore touching their full level, the sources said.

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