Bengaluru, Aug 13 : Even as flood levels have receded to manageable levels in Krishna and Cauvery basins in Karnataka after the massive floods and landslips due to heavy discharge from the rivers from neighbouring Maharashtra and Kerala, Karnataka government began a massive programme for rehabilitating over six lakh affected population on Tuesday.
People from over 1200 relief Centres slowly started returning home, they faced major challenges as the deluge had destroyed thousands of homes, mostly belonging to the poor farming community. Now the flood situation is restricted downstream Krishna, Tungabhadra and Bhima rivers in Koppal, Kalaburgi and Raichur districts even as the situation in the deeply affected Kodagu, Mysuru, Hassan and Chikkamangaluru districts limping back to normalcy.
Landslides in several areas in these districts had left thousands homeless and over 50 had died due to rain and flood related incidents in the State during the last three weeks.
Flood levels continued to be near danger mark in Raichur as 5.88 lakh cusecs of water is being released from Narayanapur reservoir, while from upstream Almatti reservoir across the River Krishna the outflow was maintained at 5.7 lakh cusecs. In Bhima river in Kalaburagi District, the inflow and outflow was reduced to 86,000 Cusecs and the situation was under control.
A Mysuru report said situation downstream Cauvery and Kapila river eased as high flood levels came down for the second day today.
Residents in the low-level areas on the banks of the river Cauvery in Mandya heaved a sigh of relief with the floods receding. Many villages downstream Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir have been reeling under higher flood threat since August 10, owing to lifting of sluice gates to regulate storage that had surpassed 1.8 lakh cusecs two days ago.
Today, the water level at KRS stood at 123.90 ft, just short of the full reservoir level of 124.80 ft. The inflow was measured at the rate of 88,430 cusecs, which was more than two lakh yesterday. However, many villages in the district are still waterlogged.
Downstream Kabini reservoir, the inflow further reduced to 32,200 Cusecs today after the rains came down in its catchment areas coming under Wayanad district in neighbouring Kerala State, the outflow was maintained at 30,000 Cusecs with level reading at 2283.10 ft against the maximum level of 2284 ft. Near normalcy prevailed in the flood affected areas on the banks of the Kapila river today, even as the Mysuru-Ooty National Highway was opened for vehicle movement.
After continuous alerts of heavy rainfall in Kodagu district since the beginning of the month, there is no major rain alert forecast for the next five days. This has brought great relief to the administrative machinery and the rescue teams, who were on their toes for over 10 days, and the focus will now shift to rehabilitation and rebuilding.
The coffee land was the worst-hit district, as per the weather bulletin issued by the administration, quoting the IMD input, there is a forecast of normal rain over the next five days barring heavy rain in some interior pockets of the district. (UNI)