Nethravati in spate; landslips on Shiradi, Sampaje ghats

Heavy rain continued in Dakshina Kannada, resulting in the Nethravati crossing the danger level at Bantwal and Uppinangady on Tuesday. Traffic from Mangaluru to Bengaluru and Mysuru was disrupted following landslips near Udane on Mangaluru–Bengaluru national highway and near Sampaje on Sampaje Ghat.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force is expected in the city on Wednesday.

According to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, water level in the Netravati at Bantwal touched 8.8 m as against the danger level of 8.5 m. The level at Uppinangady touched 29.6 m as against the danger level of 26.5 m. Water level in the Kumaradhara at Uppinangady stood at 25 m as against the danger level of 26.5 m.

Deputy Commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S. told reporters that except the Phalguni, four other main rivers in the district — the Kumaradhara, Nethravati, Shambhavi, and Nandini — were in spate on Tuesday.

Though the situation was not alarming, Mr. Senthil said the district administration had taken steps to shift residents of low-lying areas to safer places. “Many of them are shifting, while a few are still waiting. We request residents to hear officials and move to houses of relatives or to the rehabilitation centres set up by the district administration for another three days.” He asked people to desist from swimming in streams and visiting the place of confluence of the Kumaradhara and Nethravati at Uppinangady.

Meanwhile, landslips continued near Maranahalli in Sakaleshpur taluk of Hassan district on Shiradi Ghat, resulting in several vehicles getting stranded on the highway. Many commuters were stranded on the either sides of the landslip sites that does not have any mobile phone network. Motorists coming to Mangaluru and those going to Benglauru used the Charmadi Ghat. The movement of vehicles to Madikeri and Mysuru continued to be affected following landslips in Kodagu district.

In a press release, Superintendent of Police B.R. Ravikanthe Gowda advised motorists to avoid Shiradi Ghat and Charmadi Ghat for the next few days as there were chances of further landslips on the ghat sections.

The KSRTC cancelled all premium bus services to and from the district, while running the express buses through Charmadi.

Mr. Senthil said block education officers and tahsildars had been empowered to take decision on declaring holiday to schools in their areas. Parents, he said, need not send their children to school if they have problem.

The Deputy Commissioner said the district so far has received an average 3,564 mm rainfall since January which was 128% more than the the normal of 2,779.9 mm. While the district administration was well prepared to face any situation, Mr. Senthil said a team of the National Disaster Response Force was coming to the city on Wednesday to provide assistance in tackling the situation.

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