HUNASAGI, Aug 2, 2014: It was a never again matter for one Yellamma, who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. The sight of River Krishna in spate did not deter her power to swim across and reach her native place. Her due date was fast approaching, yet she braved the bad weather and reached her native, Gollapalleradoddi village in Hunasagi taluk with rare courage and determination to save her self and unborn child.
Surplus water from Narayanpura Basavasagara dam is being let into River Krishna for days now turning most of the villages into small islands, severing all connection with the outside world. Yellamma swam for about a kilometre from Neelakantarayanagaddi village, with the help of a local diver on July 31 morning and reached her native safely.
Mother and child safe : She reported the hospital August 1 and the hospital’s medical officer Dr Satish Kumar Madabhavi told media too that the mother and child were both safe, in spite of the dangerous feat of the lady. The residents of Neelakantarayanagaddi said neither the officials nor the elected representatives ever visit their place. They were given a boat to cross the river, but not an oarsman. With no alternative modes of transport available, the villagers have to swim to even to shop for their daily requirements, they added. Such is the plight of common people living in our villages which hold more population than our great cities.