Incessant rains have been lashing several parts of the country over the last few weeks due to active monsoon conditions. On Thursday, heavy rains lashed across the Western Ghats on Karnataka’s borders with Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa, which led to landslides, coastal erosion, the collapse of houses and submerging bridges in several districts of these places.
In particular, the daily lives of the people were impacted in Kodagu, Hassan, Mangaluru and Belagavi districts. Heavy rains increased the water levels of several small rivers including Malaprabha, Ghataprabha and Markendeya—under the Krishna river basin on the Karnataka-Maharashtra border—since Tuesday night.
Several streets, bridges and residential localities were submerged in Belagavi district, mainly in Saundatti, Ramdurg, Khanapur and Gokak. As many eight bridges across the Krishna were submerged in Athani, Nippani and Chikkodi talukas, cutting routes to various parts and throwing normal life out of gear in 16 villages.
Due to heavy rains, a dilapidated house in the central business district area of Khade Bazar collapsed, triggering panic in the neighbourhood. Even a car was washed away.
Traffic on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway was disrupted at Shiradi Ghat after a portion of a hill collapsed at Marnalli in Sakleshpur taluk in Hassan district on Thursday, police said.
Commuters travelling to Bengaluru from Dharmasthala in Dakshina Kannada district have been advised to take another route (Charmadi Ghat road) or any other alternative route to reach their respective destinations.
The Sakleshpur police said that it will be difficult for heavy vehicles to move on Charmadi and Madikeri roads as their movement has been banned on that stretch.
“We are awaiting the official order from the Deputy Commissioner in this regard to give directions to these vehicles,” a police officer said.
In the Udupi district, nearly 30 houses situated near Someshwara Beach in Uchila of Udupi district were facing the threat of being washed away in the sea due to coastal erosion.
According to local news channels reports, the locals stated that the sea was almost 250 metres away just five years ago. However, with each passing year, strong waves lapping up the land lead to coastal erosion at the shores.
In Kodagu district, the district administration has taken steps to evict occupants of seven houses situated under a hillock in Madikeri as the region is prone to landslides during the rainy season.
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