Respite from rain and flood threat
Man drowns in Bantwal, another hurt in house collapse following landslide in Sakleshpur
Rain continued to batter many places in the State on Wednesday. A 52-year-old farmer died and another sustained injuries in two separate accidents.
Seshappa Bhyra of Padaru in Vitlapadnur in Bantwal taluk of Dakshina Kannada district drowned in a tank while returning home from work on Tuesday night. Anand of Maranahalli in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district sustained severe injuries after his house collapsed due to a landslide on Tuesday night. Dakshina Kannada/Udupi Water from Chakra dam has created a flood-like situation in Devarabalu and Kattinadu near Kundapur. More than 20 families have been shifted to a school in Devarabalu as the dam water gushed into their houses Tuesday night.
Devarabalu is cut off from the surrounding villages as the roads are under water.All the five rivers in the region ‑ Sowparnika, Rerata, Varahi, Kubja and Chakra ‑ are overflowing. However, in other areas of the two districts, there was a let up on Wednesday and life limped back to normalcy. Road traffic in Kukke Subramanya and Uppinangady has been restored. Chikmagalur Rain receded and water level in River Bhadra has come down. The Kalasa-Balehonnur Road, submerged over the past few days, was cleared for traffic on Wednesday. Hassan
Landslips in several places along the Alavalli-Kadagaravalli stretch in Heggadde Gram Panchayat limits of Sakleshpur taluk have cut off many villages from their neighbouring areas. River Hemavati in the taluk is overflowing.
The floods have subsided in the Krishna and its tributaries, Doodhganga and Vedaganga. Three of the five bridges which had been submerged have now been reopened for traffic. There has also been a reduction in the quantity of water flowing into the State from Maharashtra.
Rains lashed Harapanahalli taluk and River Tungabhadra overflowed, affecting traffic between four villages. Hundreds of acres of paddy, maize and vegetable crops were washed away in several villages of the taluk. The water level rose in the Tungabhadra in Harihar taluk. More than 50 acres of paddy and vegetable crops were damaged.
Rain receded in the district on Wednesday, bringing down the water level in the rivers. Vehicular traffic resumed with the flood in Tunga river subsiding near Mandagadde of Teertahalli taluk Wednesday afternoon. Movement of vehicles resumed on the Agumbe-Teertahalli road, with the flood in River Malathi subsiding.
The flood situation improved in River Sharavati in Hosanagar taluk. But the bridge connecting Nagar and Teertahalli continued to be flooded.
Ebb and flow of dams
n The Narayanpur dam in Yadgir district near Hunasagi is near full. The inflow into the reservoir is 30,000 cusec. On Wednesday evening, four crest gates were opened to let out 23,000 cusec of water from the dam. There was 31 tmc ft of water in the reservoir Wednesday evening and it is just two tmc ft short of full capacity.
The water level stood at 491.75 metre against a maximum of 492.25 metre. As water is being discharged from the Almatti reservoir, the backwaters of Narayanpur dam made for a spectacular view of Kudalasangama, the confluence of rivers Krishna and Malaprabha. n Kabini reservoir in HD Kote taluk is filled to the brim, with an inflow of 19,256 cusec and outflow of 1,550 cusec. n Rains that battered Sringeri and surrounding areas increased the water level in the Bhadra reservoir to 157.7 ft against a maximum level of 186 ft. Inflow into Tunga reservoir too increased to 1.40 lakh cusec. n Inflow into Linganamakki dam has dipped to 63,000 cusec from 84,000 cusec as rains subsided in the Sharavati basin.