Mysuru, Aug 9 : Mysuru district authorities have issued a red alert downstream Kabini river, a tributary of River Cauvery as the discharge from the dam was stepped up to 1.25 lakh cusecs on Friday morning.
1,00,000 cusecs of water has been released from Kabini dam, 15000 cusecs of water from taraka dam and 10,000 cusecs of water from Nugu dam in H D Kote, according to Srikanta Prasad, superintending engineer Kabini circle. Another 25,000 cusecs of water may be released later in the day since the heavy inflows was expected from Wayanad district in neighbouring Kerala, where exceptionally heavy rains had continued.
Meanwhile Mysore-Ooty National Highway road via Nanjangud has been closed for the vehicle movements since the Kabini waters entered the NH 212 national highways.
The road traffic was also stopped between Gundlupet in the district That connect Sultan Bhateri in Kerala on NH 766 due to waterlogging on the highway.
The temple town of Nanjangud was partially submerged in the flood waters from the river and even the water entered up to the entrance of the temple, officials said.
Meanwhile, very heavy rains in the catchment area of the Cauvery and its tributaries since the last few days in south Karnataka region has increased the storage levels of major reservoirs downstream of the river.
The rate of inflow into the Hemavathi reservoir at Gorur (Hassan district), Harangi reservoir near Kushalnagar (Kodagu), Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir near Srirangapatna (Mandya) and the Kabini at H.D. Kote (Mysuru district) reached a record high for the first time this season.
By far, the maximum discharge is from the Kabini reservoir in H.D. Kote. The catchment area of the river lies in Wayanad district of Kerala, where a red alert has been sounded owing to continuing rainfall.
At the Hemavati, in Hassan district the rate of inflow was 48,133 cusecs on Thursday and this helped increase the reservoir level by six feet in a day. The Hemavati dam authorities have started releasing 20,000 cusecs of water from the reservoir at Goruru in view of increasing inflow.
Hassan Deputy Commissioner Akram Pasha appealed to the people in the downstream of the river to keep away from the river banks and move to safer places.
The Harangi reservoir, which is located on the upstream of the KRS, saw a sudden surge in the inflow owing to rain in Kodagu and hence the outflow was stepped up at the rate of 30,000 cusecs. Life in Kodagu has been severely crippled with torrential downpour continuing to pound the district with more intensity. More than 25 places are in the grip of floods. A total of 993 affected people belonging to 323 families have been rescued and moved to relief camps.
As of now, 21 relief camps have been opened and more are expected to be set up with the rise in the number of people being rescued from their marooned homes and villages. Landslips have cut off road connectivity in 13 places and relief teams have been deployed to clear debris that had fallen on the roads. In some places, roads have caved in and cracks have developed. Heavy discharge from the Harangi dam caused floods in some parts of Kushalnagar town on Friday. (UNI)