After Lull, Heavy Rain Pounds North & South Karnataka; 5 Dead
WHEN NATURE STRIKES: A NWKRTC bus was stuck after the Belagavi–Panagutti road caved in on Monday morning.
Bengaluru: Five persons, including two boys, were killed and properties and crops worth hundreds of crores of rupees were damaged as torrential rain triggered a fear of floods as several rivers, especially in North Karnataka, are in spate. With the meteorological department predicting heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next 3-4 days, a red alert has been sounded in entire north and south-interior Karnataka. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre director GS Srinivasa Reddy said the intensity of rain and inflow in Krishna and its tributaries may increase in the next 2-3 days as two upper-air cyclonic systems in the Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal were bringing rain in interior parts of Karnataka. The Central Water Commission issued a special advisory for Karnataka on Monday evening, asking authorities to be vigilant. The district administrations of Belagavi, Vijayapura, Bagalkot and Dharwad districts have been kept on their toes and SDRF and NDRF teams have been summoned to tackle emergencies. Most districts of Mumbai-Karnataka, still struggling to recover from devastation in the August floods, came under the nature’s fury again on Monday. Deaths occurred in Kusamalagi village in Khanapur taluk, Chinchodi village, Devadurga taluk (Raichur district), Teggihal village, Koppal district and in Hirekerur village. Meanwhile, 30 passengers were rescued from a Bengaluru-bound bus submerged in a railway underpass in Yalavigi village in Haveri district.
Rain, Flooding Spark Fears of August Devastation Repeat
NO RESPITE: In Ambedkar Colony, Shivamogga, floodwater entered several houses on Monday morning. The corporation had not taken any action or steps to provide relief till late in the evening.
Mysuru/Shivamogga: Major rivers, including the Krishna, Malaprabha, Ghataprabha and Tungabhadra, were in spate on Monday after torrential rain lashed North Karnataka and Malnad for two straight days. People in Belagavi, Bagalkot and Vijayapura districts were worried about a repeat of August’s devastating floods after Maharashtra discharged large quantities of water from its reservoirs across the Krishna. “The Krishna is now receiving 1.4 lakh cusecs of water from Maharashtra,” Belagavi deputy commissioner SB Bommanahalli said. The overflowing rivers and streams hampered vehicular movement in many places and flooded several fields with standing crops. The Belagavi-Savadatti, Belagavi- Ramudurga, Hubballi-Vijayapura, Hubballi-Gadag and Dharwad-Savadatti roads were blocked due to rain. Several villages were cut off from the outside world after bridges submerged and roads developed cracks. Standing kharif crops on lakhs of acres in the Mumbai-Karnataka region, which was to be harvested, were damaged. In Davanagere, paddy crop was wiped out on 10,000 hectares. Farmers were in a state of panic after the Doni, a tributary of the Krishna, overflowed near Sarawad village in Vijayapura district on Monday.
IMD declared a red alert in coastal Karnataka, forecasting 24cm of rainfall in the region daily over the next five days. Officials sounded an orange alert in north and south interior Karnataka, forecasting 12cm of daily rainfall in these regions. IMD officials said the excessive rainfall was caused by low pressure formations, incoming winds and the orographic effect (a change in atmospheric conditions caused by a change in elevation) in the Western Ghats. Police said five people died in rail-related accidents across the state on Monday. They said Liaquat Makandar, 55, of Kusamalagi village in Belgaum district, died when his house collapsed late Sunday night. Santosh Devegouda, 16, was washed away in the Krishna at Chinchodi village in Raichur district on Monday. Hanumappa Nandyal, 65, of Teggihal village in Koppal, was washed away in a stream. In Haveri, Shoeb, 14, was washed away while crossing an overflowing canal in Hirekerur. Basavakumar Hattimattur (age not specified by police) died when he was swept away in a flooded stream on Sunday night.
Hyderabad Hospital Blaze Kills Infant, 4 Babies Injured; Short Circuit Cited as Reason
INCONSOLABLE: D Manasa, mother of four-month-old Vicky, grieves at the Osmania mortuary on Monday.
Hyderabad: A four-month-old infant in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) died and four other children sustained injuries after a massive fire tore through a hospital ward in the early hours of Monday in Hyderabad. Investigators said a short circuit in a refrigerator at the NICU ward of Shine Children’s Hospital in LB Nagar triggered the fire. The three-storeyed hospital had just four nurses. There were five infants on incubators in the NICU and 43 others undergoing treatment in the hospital. Of the five infants, four suffered burn injuries, police said. Family members recounted that a similar incident occurred two days ago in the same ward and that nurses were seen rushing down with infants in their arms. Parents of the babies in the NICU ran upstairs and realised they were on their own in rescuing their infants from the hospital.
Red Alert in 4 TN Districts; Heavy Rain to Hit Ooty
CLAIMED BY NATURE: A part of a road washed away after heavy rain lashed Ooty and other places in the Nilgiris district.
Chennai: With the northeast monsoon turning vigorous over Tamil Nadu, the regional meteorology centre has issued a ‘red alert’ for the district administrations in the Nilgiris, Coimbatore, Theni and Dindigul to be prepared for “extremely heavy rain” beginning Tuesday. They have been directed to take action on a war footing to prevent rain-related deaths as the four districts are expected to receive more than 20cm rainfall. In the 24 hours ending 8.30am on Monday, Kanyakumari recorded 60.6mm rainfall followed by Coimbatore (48.5mm) and the Nilgiris (43.8mm). Heavy rain in the Kodaikanal hills in the last few days led to landslides in a few places on the Kodaikanal-Adukkam-Periyakulam national highway bringing traffic to a halt. The Dindigul district administration issued an advisory to public not to visit tourist destinations in the Kodaikanal hills for the next two days as a precautionary measure.