Rains continue to lash in parts of Karnataka, triggering in floods in the state. On Tuesday, the Savadatti Yellama Temple in Belgavi was flooded after heavy rainfall in the district, as per ANI. Visuals show the river flowing full fury into the temple. Tourists are seen taking cover under raised platforms of the temple.
Visuals also show the water speedily flowing into the temple premises, reaching up to heights of walkover bridge which provides an approach to tourists to the temple. Few structures are seen precariously leaning, almost to the point of falling off. Savadatti (Savadatti) Yellamma is an ancient temple dedicated to goddess Renuka Yellamma Devi and is a major pilgrimage centre in Karnataka.
Earlier on August 11, reports had stated that most of the monuments at the UNESCO World Heritage site - Hampi in Karnataka had drowned in flood. Reports state that the UNESCO site which is situated near the Tungabhadra river had been flooded due to the release of excessive water from nearby Tungabhadra Reservoir. Over 3 lakh cusec water was reportedly released from the reservoir in Munirabad, Koppal district.
Many tourists were reportedly stranded at the site during the sudden flooding of Hampi. Reports state that the nearby building housing the district police station was also flooded. While records and other significant structures in the monument had been moved away to prevent any further damage, reports state that power too had been cut in the area. Tourists have been asked to stay away from the river banks by authorities.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued orange and yellow alerts for parts of Karnataka including Kodagu and Mysuru. Sudden bursts of torrential rain have triggered floods in areas such as Dharwad, Belagavi, Kalaburagi, Gadag, Vijayapura, Bagalkote, Shivamogga, and Chikkamagaluru. Belagavi which has been inundated by floods on Tuesday, reportedly received 58.1 mm rain since Sunday.
Sources also add that flood warning has also been issued to 12 Tamil Nadu districts situated on the downstream of Cauvery river. Warnings have been issued to districts of Erode, Namakkal, Salem, Karur, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Trichy, Pudukkottai, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Cuddalore, according to sources. Administration has advised people living near Cauvery banks and low lying areas to move to safer places.