Flood alert along Cauvery banks

Flood alert along Cauvery banks

Agency News

Mysuru, Aug 9 : Authorities have sounded flood alert as discharge from reservoirs in Cauvery basin has been increased following increase in inflow due to heavy rain the catchment areas.

Almost all reservoirs are full and the combined discharge is 1,10,000 cusecs from both Kabini and KRS on Thursday evening. The people living on the banks were asked to move to safer places as there is all possibility of further increase in the discharge. From Kabini reservoir the authorities have increased the discharge to 70,000 cusecs and from KRS it was 40,000 cusecs .

Police security has been increased near pilgrim places. The water discharged is overflowing on Mysuru-Ooty road near Malanamole village on the National High Way. The Irrigation Department has asked the residents of low-lying areas to move to safer places with their cattle and belongings.

The Forest Department has been instructed to suspend boating at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapattana, while the Police and Revenue are asking people living on the banks and low-lying areas to move to safer places.

But entry to the sanctuary is open to the public. Visitors can enjoy the scenic Bird Sanctuary and swollen Cauvery from the watch tower and walkways, Forest officials said.

Landslides reported in several parts of Western Ghats and train service between Bengaluru and Mangaluru has been suspended and works are on to clear the tracks. UNI