Monsoon takes a break

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breakBangalore, August 7, 2013; The monsoon seems to have taken a break in the State, with rains receding in several districts. This has led to decreased inflow into major reservoirs, even as agriculture activities picked up.

Rains receded in the coastal district of Uttara Kannada on Wednesday. While it was a hot day in Bhatkal, Honnavar, Kumta, Ankola and Karwar, there was moderate rainfall in Haliyal, Dandeli and Mundgod. Yellapur, Sirsi and Siddapur continued to receive rainfall.

The old road beside the Madikeri-Mangalore highway, near Koinadu, was opened for traffic on Wednesday as the former has been heavily damaged due to mudslides following heavy rain. However, only light vehicles are being allowed to move on the stretch.

Deputy Commissioner S V Prasad visited the spot where the highway was damaged on Wednesday, to take stock of the situation. A team led by Sadashiva Reddy Patil, the public works secretary,visited the place. A team of engineers will assess the place on Thursday.

Meanwhile, rain has receded in the district. Four houses have suffered damage in Somwarpet taluk. Landslides were reported at many places near Kalasa in Chikmagalur district. Traffic has been disrupted on the road which connects Horanadu with Menasinahadya and Sringeri through Balige. The Kalasa-Kalakodu road and a few houses were damaged following a landslide at Hosur near Kalasa.

In Shimoga

The inflow into the major reservoirs in the district decreased as rains receded on Wednesday. There were showers in many places. Agriculture activities have picked up, including sowing of paddy, on a large scale. The flooding of the fields has destroyed arecanut and maize crops.

Floodwaters from the Tungabhadra river have receded in Harihar, Honnali and Harapanahalli taluks of the district. Traffic has resumed on the Haluvagalu-Garbhagudi and Nandyal-Nittur roads.

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