Mangalore, July 28: The south-west monsoon visited parts of the State including the coastal districts and malnad with a vengeance on Friday. A farmer was washed away in flash floods while traffic on the Bangalore-Mangalore national highway was affected for over eight hours due to landslides.
With the heavy rains lashing Uppinangady region since Thursday night, the water-level in Gundya river rose thus submerging the Hosmata bridge.
The bridge has been inundated, thus disrupting the movement of vehicles on Uppinangady-Kadaba-Subramanya route. There was three feet water on the brdge in the morning, which rose to six feet by evening. Police personnel have been deployed to check the entry of the vehicles. With the disruption in movement of vehicles, the vehicles were using alternative road to reach Subramanya.
With the increase in water-level, water from Gundya river has entered arecanut plantations at Hosmata, Valya, Ulipu and Kutruppady too. The low-lying areas have been inundated. Gundya river inundated National Highway at Udane. There was four feet water on the highway from 11.30 am to 4.30 pm.
There were reports of landslide at 10 locations on the Bangalore-Mangalore national highway, throwing the traffic haywire on Shiradi Ghat road.
Vehicles were stranded for more than eight hours on either side of the road at two locations between Maranahalli outpost and Gundia, following mudslides. Earthmovers had to be pressed into service to clear the road for traffic.
With the heavy rains lashing catchment areas, Kumaradhara and Netravati rivers too are overflowing. Nethravati has reached danger level at few places. Kootelu, Valalu, Bajathoor villages on the banks of the river have been inundated. With Kumardhara river overflowing at Subrahmanya, snanaghatta (bathing ghat) too has been inundated. The devotees who want to take a dip in the river could not change their dress in the dressing room as the same has been submerged too.