Huge crack appears in the road on National Highway 4 near Nippani in Belagavi district, Karnataka on Tuesday.
ONE person was killed, while schools were shut and bus and train services cancelled in parts of several districts of Karnataka as the flood situation worsened in the Southern State on Tuesday. Belagavi bore the brunt as water from the Koyna dam in neighbouring Maharashtra gushed into the Krishna river. According to police, a 25-year-old man was killed at Hoskote in Bylahongal taluk of Belagavi district when the wall of his house crashed on him.
Besides the Krishna river, the Markandeya, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and Bheema rivers are in spate, wreaking havoc in many parts of the State. Water from the Markandeya river gushed into Gokak and Hukkeri in Belagavi, reports said. The districts hit due to the torrential rains and subsequent flooding are Belagavi, Vijayapura, Yadgiri, Raichur, Bagalkot, Hubballi-Dharwad, Shivamogga, Kodagu and Uttara Kannada. Landslips were reported from some of the affected districts, leading to disruption in road and rail networks.
Many schools were shut in Hubballi-Dharwad, Shivamogga, Belagavi, Vijayapura, Yadgiri, Raichur and Kodagu, official sources said. The gates of the barrages and the Almatti dam built across the Krishna river and its tributories in Karnataka were opened due to a heavy inflow of water. While thousands of hectares of land have been submerged, the National Highway-4 from Pune to Bengaluru was disconnected at Belagavi. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) cancelled many buses from Belagavi to Pune.