Swollen rivers and heavy rains continue to wreck havoc in Karnataka

Swollen rivers and heavy rains continue to wreck havoc in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Aug 11: Torrential rains and swollen rivers with levels remain much above danger mark, continued to wreck havoc in at least 16 districts in Karnataka even as rescue workers worked round the clock and the union government deployed Home Minister Amit Shah to survey the seriously affected areas.

Amit Shah in the company of chief minister B S Yeddyurappa held an aerial survey of the areas worst affected in Belagavi and Bagalkot districts and said the union government was in support of Karntaka to bring relief to maximum extend in this time of serious natural calamity.

Ahead of the Home Ministers visit, Karnataka suffered serious deluge in at least 16 districts, where inundation due to flood was reported as almost all rivers in Karnataka in spate and at least 180 villages marooned and at least 30 people dead and over 14 persons missing.

Heavy rains in Maharashtra wrecked life downstream Krishna in Karnataka on the River Krishna course as Belagavi, Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Koppal, Kalaburgi, Raichur and normal life across 16 districts in Karnataka was disrupted, even as central leaders rushed to take a stock of the situation. Yesterday, Union minister Nirmala Sitaraman visited the worst affected districts and announced immediate solatium of Rs 3800 to each family that was affected due to floods.

Meanwhile, Situation in the Southern districts Kodagu and Mysuru was also serious as Cauvery River and its tributaries received huge inflows, and a large discharge to the extent of over 2.30 lakh cusecs was released from KRS and Kabini reservoirs that caused flood levels rise in villages down the rivers in Karnataka and beyond.

While over 5.5 lakh cusecs of water was released from Almatti and Narayanapur reservoirs in Bijapur and Raichurlaburgi districts in the North, the situation downstream Bhima in Kalaburgi grim, the discharge from Sonna barrage near religious destination Ganagapur was 3 lakh cusecs from Ujjani and Veera dams across the border in Maharashtra. The inflow and outflow was maintained at the same level.

A Raichur report said the swollen river Tungabhadra, caused indundation of various villages but the situation was being managed by authorities including NDRF and State Government officials. More than 7.5 lakh cusec of water is flowing Krishna in Raichur taluk downstream to Jurala in Andhra Pradesh, officials said.

According to Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL) sources, the Narayanpur Basava Sagar reservoir inflow on Sunday was at the rate of 6.2 lakh cusecs and the outflow, at the rate of 6.18 lakh cusecs. The water level stands at 489.3 m, as against the full reservoir level of 492.25 m. Upstream at Almatti Lal Bahadour Shastri Reservoir on Sunday was 6.45 cusec and outflow at the rate of 6.45 lakh cusec , the water level stands at 1698 .49 ft.

At Hospet in Bellary district water flowing into Tungabhadra reservoir at Munirabad had touched 1.31 lakh cusec and out flow at the rate of 2.18 lakh cusec on Sunday as the dam level is nearing its brim. Following heavy discharge from Bhima, famous Ganagapur Sangam near Deval Ganagapur where famous Dattatreya temple submerged and water is flowing close to the temple. Road traffic has been suspended on the road leading to Sangam from Ganagapur as water is flowing one and half feet above the road . Asta Theerthas, Bhaktistana, Karamastana and Muktistanas located at Sangam are also submerged . Audumbar Vruksha Katte of Dattatreya on teh river bank was inundated completely . More than 50 shops too were marooned by the water. Devotes have been shifted to safer place.

As many as 14 villages and about 120 families have been shifted to safer places near Ganagapur village. Saradagi, Avarada and Hagaragundi villages are also marooned. Bhima river is flowing at above the danger level near Deval Ganagapur, Mannur, Tellur , Avarada, Desai Kallur, in Afzalpur taluk, Etaga, Araval, Nimbal in Jewargi taluk and Kadabour, Kada, and Kobal in Chitapur taluk, officials said. (UNI)