Swollen Malaprabha sparks flood fury in Karnataka’s Bagalkot district

On Wednesday, heavy rains and flooding caused by overflowing rivers and streams continued to disrupt normal life in northern and southern interior Karnataka, causing damage to life and property in several affected districts .

A 20-year-old farmer was swept away by the flood waters of Malaprabha in Hungund taluk, Bagalkot district on Wednesday. Devanand Kammar, a resident of Ganjihal, was swept away by the river while trying to retrieve his pump unit from the river. An Asha worker has died after part of the wall of her house collapsed on top of her at Yemmiganur, Kampli taluk, Ballari district. The deceased has been identified as Umadevi Jadeppa Balaganur (44).

Emergency services personnel on Wednesday recovered the body of a police officer who, together with his colleague, was washed away in a stream near Tondihal in Yelburga taluk, Koppal district on Monday evening. The incident happened as Mahesh Vakkarad (28) and Ningappa Halavagali (28) were returning to Mundargi from bandobust duty in Gajendragad.

On Wednesday, Karekallappa (50) was swept away by a stream near Hosakote in the Pavagad taluk of Tumakuru district.

The swollen Malaprabha River, following heavy rains in its catchment in recent days, has disrupted traffic on the Holealur-Badami, Gadag-Bagalkot and Shivayogmandir-Mangaluru roads due to flooding of bridges on the sections.

Villagers from Kengal, Kajagal, Huvanur and Ganjihal in the Hungund taluk moved to safety, along with their cattle, after the overflowing Malaprabha forced their way through the villages.

Patients, their attendants and staff at Hungund taluk hospital experienced a torrid time after water from the river gushed into the hospital premises. A public school outside the TMC office was flooded, prompting management to declare a holiday Thursday.

Ballari and Vijayanagara districts experienced heavy rains. Over 130 houses in Vijayanagara and 34 in Ballari district were damaged by the weather

The flood situation in the Doni river basin at Talikote taluk of Vijayapura is grim. With the river flowing over the bridges, the Talikote-Vijayapura and Talikote-Hadaginal roads are closed to traffic. A large swath of farmland has been submerged by floodwaters in the area.

More than 20 villages in Hosadurga taluk, Chitradurga district have been isolated due to flooding of connecting roads.

The old districts of Mysuru continued to receive intermittent rains on Wednesday.

Acres of paddy in Arkalgud taluk in Hassan district have been damaged by the incessant rains.

Maralukunte village in Chittaballapur, including the public school, was abandoned following a heavy downpour on Tuesday evening.

Gonikoppal in Kodagu district received unrelenting rain overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.