Mysuru, Aug 10 : The flood situation downstream Kabini river, a tributary of Cauvery, remains grim as over 1.2 lakh cusecs is being released from Beechanahalli dam in H D Kote taluk inundating various villages and temple town of Nanjangud down stream. The discharge from the dam which was 1.09 lakh cusecs yesterday, was stepped up to 1.2 lakh cusecs on Saturday against the present inflow of 1.13 cusecs, officials said.
The large discharge from Kabini will reach downstream Mettur dam in Tamil Nadu by this afternoon and authorities have cautioned the TN authorities of impending heavy inflows into the dam by this evening. Meanwhile, the level in Krishnaraja Sagar dam across River Cauvery in Mandya district is fast rising and it touched 110 feet against the maximum level of 124.8 ft as torrential rains in catchment areas in Kodagu district continued for the fourth day on Saturday.
Bhagamandala, near the birthplace of Cauvery had received a record 40 cms of rain yesterday and KRS dam received huge inflows. Heavy rainfall in parts of the district is likely to be continued in Cauvery catchment areas, as per the IMD forecast. Meanwhile, rain havoc in Mysuru district left at least 199 houses damaged H D Kote taluk alone from the last two days. The district administration has opened 17 relief centres and 1026 victims were offered service at these centres.
The crops on 467 acres have been affected in the district. However, the exact count is yet to be ascertained. The Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) will send ready-to-eat meals to flood-hit regions of Belagavi and Hassan districts on Saturday. CFTRI, which had received requests for supply of food from Belagavi and Hassan, has outsourced the preparation of meals to its licensees, an official said.
About 2,500 ready-to-eat meals would be dispatched to each district, the official said. Unlike earlier occasions, the CFTRI is not preparing the meals on its premises. In Kodagu rain fury continued and IMD predicted another five days of rains in the district.UNI