Heavy rains caused floods in Honnavara taluk of Uttara Kannada district in Karnataka on Friday just weeks after floods took the lives of 4 people in the district and displaced thousands of people.
The flooding occurred in Manki in Honnavara taluk after a two-hour spell of heavy rain caused a stream flowing by the village to overflow and flood houses.
A rehabilitation centre was opened in the village and 45 people were shifted following the flood. "It was an artificial flood caused by civil works which affected the movement of the water body after heavy rains during the day. The water has receded now," Uttara Kannada Deputy Commissioner (DC) Harish Kumar told TNM.
Residents in the village lay the blame on the ongoing construction works on the national highway passing through the village. However, DC Harish Kumar said that the cause of the flooding could be determined only after an inspection on Saturday.
The floods evoked memories of the disaster in the district earlier this month after the rivers in the district including the west-flowing Kali river overflowed and caused floods in the river basin. The damage was particularly high in the low-lying areas near the Kadra dam. Over 16,000 people were evacuated in the district after rescue operations by Fire and Emergency, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel.
Several major roads in the district were blocked off after heavy rains caused waterlogging.