Bengaluru Aug 12 : The Flood situation in River Bhima showed a reducing trend on Monday bringing relief to downstream villages in Kalaburgi and ct and Yadagir, districts, but the flood levels in Krishna and Tungabhadra rivers remained high in the districts of Raichur, Ballari and Koppal districts even as the discharge from Krishna and Cauvery rivers remained over the danger mark on the third week of devastating floods in the region.
Official sources said huge quantum of water was being discharged from Alamatti across Krishna in Vijayapura and in Tungabhadra dam in Raichur till today afternoon. Kalaburagi Deputy commissioner R Venketesh Kumar said today that that the inflow from Maharashtra two major dam to Sonna barrage was considerable decreased from Sunday evening and on Monday it was down 95,800 cusec from 3 LAKH cusec. ‘’We expect normalcy in the next two days as the flood levels in Bhima likely to come down further’’.
The Krishna Bhagya Jala nigam Ltd (KBJNL ) sources said today that the outflow from Almatti was at 5.40 lakh cusecs, which was the highest release in a decade. The dam with a total capacity to impound 123 tmcft of water with a total height of 519 m now has 88.75 tmcft of water stored at 517.3 m.. The inflow is about 6.30 lakh cusecs. At Narayanpur Basava Sagar reservoir the inflow also remained high to the tune of 6.02 lakh and out flow from the reservoir was at 6.10 lakh cusecs. Following this, the flood situation in Yadgir and Raichur remained grim.
More than 4,500 people took shelter at the relief centre at various places in Raichur and flood and proper basic facilities have been ensured for them in the relief centre The standing crops in more than 1,917 hectres were submerged in the district .
Meanwhile the water released from Tungaabhadra dam also flooded Yele Bichale village, Ragavendra swami Brundavan near Holy place Mantralayam.
In Yadgir district also the flood situation remains grim and three main bridges in the district were submerged in Krishna flood, the vehicular movement was closed near Devapur in Surapua taluk.
Meanwhile , five farmers who were stranded in Teh island in Hynasagi were airlifted on Sunday evening , the source said.
Most of the monuments at the World Heritage Site of Hampi in Ballari were flooded as more than 2.5 lakh cusecs of water is being released from Tungabhadra reservoir at Munirabad in Koppal district.
Ballari Deputy Commissioner S S Nakul and Superintendent of Police C K Baba are supervising the rescue and relief operations in flood-hit areas.
At heritage site Hampi, Purandara Mantapa and Chola Mantapa are submerged, while the Rama Lakshmana Temple, Eduru Basavanna Temple and Salu Mantapa got flooded. Water is expected to reach Virupaksha Temple premises soon if the outflow from the reservoir is increased further.The source also said that Kotilinga temple and Sita seragu also flooded in the area . The buildings housing a police station and the office of the Circle Inspector of Police have also been marooned.