Rivers remain overflowing in Karnataka

Rivers remain overflowing in Karnataka

Agency News

Bengaluru, Sept 9 : Despite a marginal fall in outflows from upper reservoirs of Krishna River in Maharashtra, the flood situation remained grim in North Karnataka and elsewhere in the State as heavy rains continued to lash Western Ghat areas bringing copious inflows into various rivers.

Official sources said the flood level in Krishna River came down as the discharge from dams and barrages in Maharashtra showed a reduced trend bringing relief to people in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Vijayapura and downstream Yadgir, Kalaburgi and Raichur districts.

However, rivers originating in Western Ghats coming under the catchment areas of Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Doodhganga, Tunga and Bhadra, Netravati, Cauvery and Hemavati Rivers showed increasing trend as heavy rains continued to lash the hilly areas of Western Ghats.

Meanwhile, flood levels receding in River Krishna and other rivers at Chikkodi and Athani taluka in Belagavi. Sources said, water was flowing over five to six bridges in Athani, Chikkodi but water level slowly came down and inundated bridges will be opened either on Monday or Tuesday .

A Madikeri report said the catchment area of the Cauvery River in the district continued to receive heavy to very heavy rains during the last 24 hours. The water level at Bhagamandala and Triveni Sangama continued to rise steadily and the spot submerged in the waters. Road between Bhagamandala-Madikeri was cut off. There was concern as there was a crack on the Brahmagiri hills, the birth place of in Talacauvery, the birthplace of River Cauvery, rising concerns among the people. The cracks was as deep as about 2 feet and a width of one foot had been noticed on the hill.

The Kodagu district had witnessed major landslides that were triggered from torrential rains during last one week. The cracks have been filled with sand and cement and covered with waterproof materials to stop rainwater from seeping in, district officials said.

Talacauvery and down the mountain Bhagamandala recorded heavy rains last week after the monsoon turned active after a break. A Belagavi report said, at present discharge from Koyna, Warna, Dhom, Kanher, Urmodi, Tarali dam in Maharashtra came down to 83,879 cusecs at 6.00 AM on Monday. Discharge from Radhanagari, Kumbhi Kasari, Kadavi, Tulashi dams was at 9420 cusecs.

Discharge from Kalammawadi, Patagonia, Chinstrap dam is 7877 cusecs at 6.00 am today. Total discharge released from dams in Maharashtra state is 101176 cusecs. In addition to this flow coming from catchment area on the downstream side of above dams will contribute.

Total discharge in Krishna river will be around 1,40,000 cusecs on Tuesday at Kallol barrage. Rajapur barrage discharge is 1,58,987 cusecs at today morning. Total inflow from Krishna from upstream Maharashtra reservoir stood at 1,88,907 cusecs when latest reports came in.

All other Damas of Markandeya, Hiranyakeshi, Hidkal, Navutheertha reached its full level and water discharging for precautionary. At present Almatti Dam across Krishna, the inflow is 1,88,500 cusecs and outflow to River was stepped up to 2,50,000 cusecs. District administration and related alert 24X7 at flood affected areas in the district with all necessary force and equipment. (UNI)