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Nadnalli cut off as rain continues to play havoc in Kodagu district

Staff Correspondent

Chekkundi Bridge in Bettadalli GP limits is submerged under Kommanahole



RAIN VICTIM: Traffic on Madikeri-Mangalore Road was affected after a lorry was caught under a tree.

Madikeri: Rain in Kodagu continued to play havoc with the people of the district as many villages, including Nadnalli, in the Bettadalli Gram Panchayat limits of Somwarpet taluk, remain cut off from the rest of the district. Bhagamandala and Bengur, near Cherambane, also resemble islands.

Residents of Nadnalli village are apprehensive of the hanging bridge, constructed by them over the Kumaradhara, collapsing. The bridge hangs precariously over the swollen river. Not many venture out of their homes as it is raining there. To reach Nadnalli, people have to cross two hanging bridges from Bidalli and surrounding areas of Bettadalli Gram Panchayat limits. A number of landslips have occurred in several villages causing roadblocks.

The Kommanahole in the same panchayat has submerged the Chekkundi Bridge cutting off road link with the surrounding areas. Paddy seedlings here were destroyed in heavy rain earlier and this time around transplanted paddy is under water. It would rot if the situation continued for a few more days, residents complained. Cardamom used to be the main cash crop in these areas but due to torrential rain, crops, including coffee, pepper and cardamom, have suffered extensive loss.

Visitors, braving heavy rain, are thronging the Mallali Falls, a small distance away from Bidalli, treading the distance for little more than a kilometre. Mallali Falls is in full glory, thanks to the rainfall since last week.

Landslips have occurred in Kotnalli, Kundalli, Bidalli and Bettadalli in the Shantalli hobli of Somwarpet taluk. Residents of Nadnalli appealed to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to choose their village for a stay in the coming days to understand the difficulties they faced during monsoon.

A tree fell on a tanker on Madikeri-Mangalore Road, blocking road traffic for over four hours in the day. In Madikeri city, a landslip caused extensive damage to the house of a former city municipal councillor. Efforts are under way to clear the debris.

The Lakshmanateerta is in spate in Nittur of Virajpet taluk as the inundation of vast extent of paddy fields continued. Balele-Nittur Road link has been affected. Power lines, telephone lines have snapped in many areas, particularly villages.

The flood situation has not improved in Bhagamandala as Madikeri-Bhagamandala Road and Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri Road remained submerged under the Cauvery for the seventh day in a row. The district administration has given a boat to cater to the needs of residents to cross over to the Madikeri Road and vice versa.

The Cauvery has cut off Napoklu-Murnad Road link at Bolibane.

The loss is mounting under each department with each passing day. The Coffee Board officials submitted coffee crop loss estimate put at Rs. 5.11 crore to Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan. Coffee crop has been damaged in many areas such as Nelaji, Ballamavati, Kakkabe and Napoklu.

It continued to rain in Kodagu on Friday. In the last 24 hours, Talacauvery received 206.4 mm followed by Bhagamandala with 178 mm, Kutta 125 mm, Somwarpet 95.4 mm, Srimangala 91.4 mm, Gonicoppa 81 mm, Napoklu 77.6 mm, Virajpet 70.8 mm, Harangi 51.2 mm, Ponnampet 50 mm, Kushalnagar 45.2 mm and Sunticoppa 45 mm.

The water level at Harangi on Friday was 2,858.50 feet against the full level of 2,859 feet. Inflow had increased to 14,299 cusecs while outflow into the river course was 14,772 cusecs. The inflow into the canal was 890 cusecs.

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