Orange alert sounded in Kodagu; Krishna river in spate

Orange alert sounded in Kodagu; Krishna river in spate

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Madikeri, Karnataka, Sep 6 : Orange alert has been sounded in Coffee District of Kodagu as according to IMD prediction more than normal rain is expected in the next 48 hours in the region.

While, flood like situation is looming large in Yadgir and Raichur Districts of Karnataka as heavy discharge was reported from Koyna Reservoir in Maharashtra where rain continued to lash in the catchment areas of river Krishna. Official sources said that South West Monsoon is active in South interior Karnataka with Kodagu, Hassan and Chikmagalur districts witnessing heavy downpour since Wednesday, raising fears of another flood situation.

Torrential showers continued in Kodagu with the District experiencing heavy to very-heavy rains at most places. Bhagamandala, a pilgrim centre, recorded the highest rainfall of 260 mm in 24 hours . Heavy rains pounded TalaCauvery, the birthplace of Cauvery River.

The District administration has requested the people to be on alert and seek its assistance in case of emergency. In the last 24 hours, Kodagu recorded an average of 99.16 mm rainfall. Other places that recorded heavy rains include Madikeri 115.60 mm, Sampaje 135.40 mm, Napoklu 127.20 mm, Ponnampet 143.40 mm and Shanthalli 153 mm rain. The water level at Bethri near Murnad has risen substantially.

Landslips have been reported on Galibeedu-Paati-Kaloor Road and traffic, barring light motor vehicles, have been banned until further orders.

Traffic between Bhagamandala and Napoklu was affected as the road linking the towns was inundated from the brimful Cauvery. Unconfirmed reports said a house at Moowattokalu in Somwarpet taluk and another house in Jodupala in Madikeri taluk suffered damages in heavy rains.

Several parts of Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districts have been receiving moderate to heavy rains in the last two days. The people who were affected by the recent landslides caused due to heavy rains in August, are now worried about their safety once again.

Heavy rains also lashed parts of Koppa, Mudigere, Sringeri, N R Pura, and Chikmagalur taluks. Villages Alekhan Horatti, Malemane, Madhugundi, Balur were also affected by heavy rains. Similarly, in Hassan, parts of Sakleshpur, Alur and Hassan received heavy rains. Sakleshpur received 65.6 mm of rainfall on Wednesday.

Following rains in the catchment area, the inflow to Hemavathi reservoir at Goruru has increased. Water level is close to the maximum level of 2,922 ft, forcing dam authorities to increase the outflow. The water level in the reservoir stood at 2,921.52 ft on Thursday evening.

With rains continued in the catchment areas of river Cauvery, the sluice gates of KRS in Mandya district has been lifted to discharge 43,597 Cusecs on Thursday evening with inflow being 27019 Cusecs. The Water level is hovering the full reservoir level of 124.80 feet since last few days.

Flood threat looms large in Yadgir and Raichur Districts as discharge from Narayanpur Basavasagar reservoir in Hunasagi taluka of Yadgir district has been increased following heavy discharge from Koyna Reservoir in Maharashtra.

According to the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Ltd (KBJNL ) sources around 1.85 lakh Cusecs of water was released to the river Krishna leading to submerge of many bridges in Raichur and Yadgir Districts and more than 23 villages in Yadgir, 22 villages of Raichur on the bank of river are under flood threat .

The Neelakantarayangaddi of Yadgir remain marooned and Sheelahalli bridge in Lingasugur taluk which connect Devadurga and Raichur remained submerged from flood water. The Lingasugur Taluk administration has already initiated measures to shift the affected villagers to safer places , already the people were alerted and the officials also camped in the affected areas .

Assistant Commissioner Rajshekar Dambal said the relief works were intensified to ease the situation in flood affected villages . But once again the flood waters started entering the villages and islands. Precautionary measures taken to tackle the situation, he added . Official sources said that the Fire and Emergency Services and a boat have been kept ready near Yaragodi village of Raichur taluk to attend to emergencies, if any.

Narayanpur Dam Division Executive Engineer Shankar Naykodi said that the outflow would be increased depending on the release of water from Almatti Reservoir. KBJNL source said that the outflow from Almattai reservoir recorded on Friday 10.30 am is 1,74,812 cusec and inflow recorded was 61,920 Cusecs. (UNI)