Heavy Rain In Kodagu Severs Road Link To Keralawood

Jun 14, 2018

Madikeri: Even as massive landslides leading to huge traffic pileups were reported in the Charmadi Ghats and coastal regions in Karnataka as the  monsoon fury continued unabated yesterday, rivers and rivulets continue to overflow, blocking several roads in Kodagu.

Trees have been uprooted at many places, cutting off power lines and roads have caved-in blocking the smooth passage of vehicles. Landslides too have been reported in several places. The link between Kerala and Karnataka via Virajpet has been blocked as Makutta River is overflowing, causing widespread destruction.

Though the early entry of monsoon and widespread rain has brought smiles on the faces of farmers, the standing crops including that of coffee, ginger, and arecanut were badly affected due to continuous flood water flowing in hundreds of hectares of land in Kodagu.

Somwarpet and Virajpet Taluks have been receiving heavy rainfall and as some main roads were blocked, the Kodagu District Administration has declared a holiday for schools today. However, colleges will be open.

Among the places that received maximum rainfall yesterday were Balele, Kottageri, Nittoor, Kanoor, Ponnampet, T. Shettigeri, Kutta and surrounding areas. The Lakshmanatheertha River is in full spate and the river has blocked several roads. As water flowed forcefully, several fields where roads have been built caved-in at Kottageri. Even concrete roads have not withstood the water flow.

This morning, while the Harihara-T. Shettigeri Bridge was overflowing, Ponnampet-Nadikeri-Kutta road was blocked as one truck and a private bus veered off the road and stood in ‘V’ shape, blocking the way.