Red alert in Kolhapur villages as rivers swell

Red alert in Kolhapur villages as rivers swell

Agency News

Kolhapur, Sep 6 : Villages on river banks have been put on alert as the water level of rivers, including Panchganga, is increasing rapidly owing to incessant rains over the past couple of days.

The warning was issued by District Collector Daulat Desai after the Indian Meteorological Department issued a warning of heavy to very heavy rainfall in next three days in the western parts of the district. Vehicular traffic on four district roads have been closed in view of it. The water level of Panchganga river, which was rapidly increasing from last two days, recorded 32.6 feet at 0800 hrs this morning at Rajaram bandhara at Kasba Bavda, a suburb of the city.

A total 52 bandharas(weirs) situated on various rivers in the district were submerged by flood water and totally closed for all types of vehicular traffic.

The district people, who faced a severe flood situation last month, are dreading flood situation if the rainfall continues for the next three days.

Mr Desai has sent a request letter to his Belgaum and Bagalkot counterparts of Karnataka urging then to release more water from Hippargi and Almatti irrigation dams to avoid severe flood situation in the district. (UNI)