Water discharge from Maharashtra affects North Karnataka

Water discharge from Maharashtra affects North Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Aug 5 : Water discharge from Maharashtra has turned the flood situation in Northern Karnataka worst on Monday.

Torrential rains in the districts of Satara and other districts in Konkan area of Maharashtra has worsened the flood situation in North Karnataka districts even as the state government geared up for the worst, as Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa took an aerial survey of the flood affected areas throughout the day on Monday.

The situation worsened as water discharge from various dams and barrages in Maharashtra of river Krishna and its tributaries was stepped this afternoon and the inflow from the neighboring state from the rivers surpassed 2.75 lakh cusecs. This resulted in Karnataka authorities order a release of over 3.03 lakh cusecs of water from Alamatti reservoir across the River in that inundated fresh areas in the valley across Kopppal, Yadgir and Raichur districts after the river flows into Andhra Pradesh. The flood situation remained grim across the districts in Karnataka where a massive evacuation and relief work was taken to help the flood affected.

In the upper riparian district of Belagavi, after huge discharge of water from various dams from Maharashtra, rivers like Malaprabha, Ghataprabha, Doodganga and Vedaganga overflowed worsening the flood situation in the District.

Belagavi bore the brunt of the Krishna floods as over 2.64 lakh cusecs of water was released by the upper riparian state from various dams. This worsened the situation as over 10 thousand cusecs of water was released from Koyna, where nearby an earthquake was reported two days ago, 34,000 cusecs from Warna, 9968 cusecs from Radhanagiri dam and 17,000 cusecs from Kaneri Dam besides 20,000 cusecs from Dhoom Dam.

However, the highest release was from small Rajapur Barrage that had a storage of 15 tmc ft, and a huge 2.27 lakh cusecs overflowd worsening the flood levels across the North Karnataka districts. Besides over 37,000 lakh cusecs of water was released from the Maharashtra authorities from Doodh Sagar reservoir worsening the flood levels in Karnataka.

To worsen the fears of the people in the flood affected districts in North Karnataka, the weatherman has predicted very heavy rains in Satara and adjoining districts in South Maharashtra which will bring copious inflows into River Krishna and its tributaries flowing into Karnataka.

Meanwhile, due to heavy rains in the catchment areas, River Bhima taking its birth in Maharashtra is also in spate and had caused flood-like situation in Kalaburgi, Yadgir and Raichur districts.(UNI)