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Bengaluru | Friday, Jul 21 2017 IST
The intensity of monsoon rain that lashedseveral districts coming under Western Ghats and coastal areasbesides others in South Interior Karnataka came down since lastnight but normal life continued to be affected as flood likesituation prevailed in several areas in Karnataka.

The rains continued in Cauvery basin regions, but subsided withfloods receded while the reservoirs levels are increasing.

School and Colleges that were declared holiday for two days inKodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts were opened while vehiclemovement resumed between Madikeri-Bhagamandal, Bhagamandala-Napukluand Kodagu-Kerala sectors.

Landslides were reported at several parts of south Kodagu,leading to closure of the highway leading to Kerala from Virajpet.

The flood situation worsened in Belagavi and Bagalkot districtsdue to increased discharge in River Krishna from upstreamMaharashtra. Over 1.07 lakh cusecs of water was discharged fromRajapur barrage in the neighbouring state causing submergence ofseveral bridges in Karnataka. However, Alamatti and Narayanpur damsreceived very good inflows after the level remained very low evernafter a month of onset of monsoon, officials said.

After a road connecting Kodagu with Kerala near the Perumbadicheck-post caved in, the district administration closed the road fortraffic. Traffic between Kodagu and Kerala was diverted via thealternative Gonikoppa-Kutta-Mananthavadi route.

The water level in Triveni Sangama receded since last evening.Kodagu district Deputy Commissioner Vincent D'Souza said the teamwill be provided river rafts and a boat for the time being, andadditional boats will be requisitioned if necessary.

Stating that gruel centres will be opened in rain and flood-hitareas, Mr D'Souza also directed the Public Works Department to takeup work on repairing of the roads near Perumbadi check-post that hadcaved in.

People in several parts of Chikkamagaluru and Hassan districtsexperienced continued moderate rainfall but the rain fury was muchless since last night. Roads were flooded in many parts ofChikkamagaluru, affecting traffic movement was eased up today.

Road connectivity between Horanadu and Kalasa in Mudigere talukwas affected as the Hebbale bridge across the Bhadra was submerged.Traffic resumed after water level receded.

The Hemavathi reservoir in Hassan district has receiving 19,032cusecs with level reading 2883.75 feet against the maximum level of2922 feet.

The Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district acrossCauvery level increased to 81.20 feet against full level of 124.80feet. The inflow 15,073 cusecs and outflow 1519 cusecs.

The Kabini reservoir in Mysuru district across Kabini river hasbeen receiving inflow of 17,500 cusecs as the heavy rains continuedin Wyanad in Kerala which is catchment area river Kapila. The levelreading 2272 feet against full level of 2284 feet. The outflow is1000 cusecs.

While Harangi level in Kodagu district is 2852.89 feet againstmaximum level of 2859 feet with inflow of 8134 cusecs and flow was5000 cusecs.

In Belagavi district all most all rivers witnessed heavy inflowof water to the incessant rainfall in Maharashtra catchment area region.

River Krishna and its tributaries are flowing with its full brim.Six low-level bridge-cum-barrages have been submerged from yesterday.

Chikkodi taluk administration and related officials sources,Kallol-Yadur bridge to Krishna river, and bridge-cum-barragesbetween Karadaga-Bhoj, Bhojwadi-Kunnur, Sidnal-Akkol,Jatrat-Bhivashi and Manikwad-Dattawad on Vedaganga and Doodhagangarivers have been submerged.

Bridge-cum-barrages have submerged due to outflow of more than75 thousand cusecs water from Rajapur barrage in Maharashtraandnearly 20 thousand cusecs from Doodhaganga reservoir. Due tosubmerge of bridges, commuters have been facing huge inconvenience.

Belagavi district administration has alerted the people ofvillages in Chikkodi, Raibag- and Athani, located on the banksof Krishna river to move to safe places, as water level ofreservoirs in Maharashtra increasing rapidly and water can bereleased any time.

According to source s around fifty houses damaged fully andpartially in the district. One person from Ramdurg taluk died inhouse collapse, official sources said.

Totally Belagavi district administration fully alerted withsufficient force and equipment to avoid any untoward incident. In Vijayapura, the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL) havestarted releasing water from Almatti reservoir built across riverKrishna following increase in inflow.

KBJNL sources said that the inflow was recorded at 83,066 cusecsand the outflow was maintained at 34,000 cusecs to the Narayanpur dam.

The officials believe that since rain is continuously lashing theWestern Ghats and is expected to continue for the next one week,water is being discharged to the Narayanpur dam even before Almattidam is full.

Water level inn Almatti has touched 514.800 meters against fullcapacity of 519 meters.

With the commencement of outflow, power generation, which wasstopped in March has resumed. Yesterday, the four units generated170 MW of power. It has six units with a total power generatingcapacity of 290 MW. UNI Team RS ADB1332

-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0284-981800.Xml

 
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