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Bhagamandala faces flood threat

Last updated: 06 July, 2009
DH News Service,Madikeri/Mangalore/Udupi/Chikmagalur/Shimoga: 1:23 IST

Triveni Sangama inundated; Home guards transport residents by boats

River Cauvery — the lifeline of Kodagu, is overflowing following heavy rains lashing the region since Saturday night.

Triveni Sangama is inundated near Bhagamandala and has turned into an island.
Napoklu-Ayyangeri-Bhagamandala road is filled with three-feet water. As a result, the road is completely cut off from the rest of Kodagu. Madikeri-Bhagamandala road is filled with one-feet water. In the last 24 hours, Bhagamandala and surrounding areas have received 180 mm rainfall. Rains gave a break on Sunday morning till afternoon.

As a result, the water level on Bhagamandala-Madikeri road subsided. If the rain continues to lash, there is a danger of flood in Bhagamandala. District administration has kept ready the boat for the use of local residents.

Home Guards personnel are transporting the residents from one part of the town to another. However, rains continued to lash from afternoon. Last year, Bhagamandala was cut off from the rest of the world twice. This is the first time that Triveni Sangama is flooded since the onset of monsoon.

Water level

Harangi catchment area has been receiving good rainfall. As a result, the water level in the reservoir has been increased by four feet. The water level in the reservoir on Saturday was 2810.57 mm. It has been increased to 2814.89 mm on Sunday. The inflow of water has increased from 2,459 cusecs to 3,692 cusecs. In the last 24 hours, Madikeri received 95.8 mm, Napoklu 91.8 mm, Sampaje 129 mm, Virajpet 104.8 mm, Hudikeri 75 mm, Srimangala 100.4 mm, Ponnampet 83.2 mm, Ammathi 170.2 mm, Balele 61.2 mm, Somwarpet 40.8 mm, Shanivarasanthe 32 mm, Shanthalli 105.3 mm, Kodlipete 32 mm, Suntikoppa 46.3 mm and Kushalnagar 17.4 mm.

Tree fall

The compound wall of Vinayaka English medium school in Virajpet has collapsed. The movement of vehicles have been disrupted due to tree felling following heavy rains.

Heavy rains in DK/Udupi

Though rains subsided for sometime in the noon, heavy rains continued to lash Dakshina Kannada and Udupi in the evening hours on Sunday. Sea erosion too has intensified in several parts of the coastal districts including Kotepura and Mukkaccheri in Ullal.
In the last 24 hours, Uppinangady received highest rainfall of 117 mm. As many as 14 houses have been damaged in Mulky region alone. Four electric poles have been damaged. The rainfall in other taluks is as follows: Bantwal - 104 mm, Belthangady - 108.8 mm, Puttur - 106 mm and Sullia - 104.4 mm. Bajpe received 103 mm rainfall.

Less rains in Chikmagalur

Unlike Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Kodagu, the force of rains subsided substantially on Sunday, when compared to Friday and Saturday. However, it was drizzling throughout the day.

Last year, by this time, Bhadra was overflowing and Hebbal bridge on Kalasa-Horanadu had submerged thrice. This year, Bhadra is yet to overflow.

Rains recede in Shimoga

Rain which battered the district from past 5 days has receded on Sunday. Agumbe received 204.6 mm rain on Sunday while 70.2 mm rain was recorded in Tirthahalli, 46 mm in Sagar and 24.8 mm in Kumsi.

About 1,751 feet water was recorded in Linganamakki reservoir on Sunday against the maximum capacity of 1,819 feet with 28,897 cusec inflow and 682 cusec outflow. Last year on the same day, 1,761 feet water was recorded in the reservoir. Linganamakki received 8.1 mm rain.

Water level in Bhadra reservoir has increased by five feet in past five days owing to heavy rain in the catchment areas of Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts.
About 135.10 feet water was recorded in the reservoir on Sunday against the maximum storage capacity of 186 feet with 16,305 cusec inflow and 113 cusec outflow. Last year on the same day, 153.6 feet water was recorded.


KRS water level increases

Thanks to incessant rains in the catchment areas of Kodagu district, the inflow of water in to K R S Reservoir has increased so as the reservoir level, reports DHNS from Mandya.
According to dam authorities, the water level at the dam stood at 78 ft as against the maximum level of 124.80 ft. While the inflow was around 19,200 cusecs, the outflow was around 250 cusecs.

There have been reports of rainfall in Mandya district. The details are; Kikkeri-3.5 mm, K R Pet- 4 mm, Sheelanere-2.5 mm, Malvalli-11 mm, Basaralu-2 mm, Keregodu-0.5 mm, Chinakurali-1.5 mm, Melukote-2.5 mm, Pandavapura-0.5 mm, Arakere-1.5 mm and Srirangapatna-2 mm.

It may be mentioned here that the water level at K R S Reservoir had touched 72 ft last week.

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