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Plentiful flow into Karnataka reservoirs

Bangalore, June 17, 2013, DHNS:

Water levels improved significantly in dams across the State, following heavy rains in the catchment areas. The inflow improved drastically in the Almatti, Tunga, Bhadra, Linganamakki, KRS and Kabini reservoirs.

Almatti dam

Inflow into the Almatti reservoir in the district has increased, bringing cheers to people in the region, especially the farmers. The improvement in the inflow is attributed to the copious rains in the catchment areas in Maharashtra.

The inflow on Sunday was 1,008 cusecs, while it was 2,362 cusecs on Monday. The water level in the reservoir stood at 506.72 metres (the maximum being 519.6 metres). The water level on the corresponding date last year was 516.19 metres. The water in the dam had reached dead storage (510.68 metres) in October last year.


Authorities in the Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited said the inflow is expected to increase further by Tuesday. The inflow had stopped on October 16, as the rains had failed last year.

The storage in the reservoir at present is 17.151 tmc feet. The maximum storage capacity is 123 tmc feet. There is no outflow from the dam at present, with all the 26 gates closed. Inflow into the reservoir had started on July 1 last year. It has been much earlier this time.

However, there has been a decline in rainfall amount in areas around the dam in the last four days, with a cloudy weather. The 290-megawatt hydroelectric plant inside the dam premises is expected to resume production in the third week of July, when the water level is expected to be maximum, given the good inflow. The power generation had been stopped a month ago.

Shimoga district

Water levels in major dams rose significantly following heavy rainfall that lashed various parts of the district.

Inflow of water into Tunga dam was 9,000 cusecs, following incessant rainfall in Teerthahalli and surrounding areas. The same quantum of water is being released from the dam.

The water level rose to 1,758.05 feet in Linganamakki dam against the maximum level of 1,819 feet, following copious rainfall in the catchment areas over the last 24 hours. The inflow was 11,461 cusecs. Similarly, water level in Bhadra dam stood at 119.11 feet against the maximum level of 186 feet around 8 am on Monday, following copious rainfall in the catchment areas. The inflow was 5,676 cusecs. Trees were uprooted due to heavy rainfall accompanied by strong wind in Teerthahalli and Hosanagar taluks, throwing life out of gear. There has been no power supply at Tumari in Sagar taluk for the past one week.

Madikeri, Mysore, Mandya

The catchment areas of River Cauvery in the district received heavy rainfall on Monday, resulting in huge inflow into the river. A total of 11 houses collapsed following heavy rain in the district.

Almost the entire district received heavy rainfall. Talacauvery and Bhagamandala received a rainfall of 94.2 mm in the 24 hours that ended at 8.30 am on Monday. The road connecting Balamuri and Parane was flooded, disrupting traffic on the stretch.
The water level is on the rise at the confluence of the Cauvery, Sujyoti and Kannike rivers near Bhagamandala.

Inflow of water into Harangi reservoir has increased and stood at 3,662 cusecs. The water level had reached 2,817.31 feet. Heavy rain lashed Kalasa in the district. The farmers have intensified agriculture activities in the district.

The copious rains in the district increased the inflow into the KRS reservoir in Srirangapatna taluk of Mandya district. The dam has recorded an increase in water level by 2.5 feet in a single day.

It stood at 69.35 feet (maximum level 124.80 feet) on Monday evening. The inflow was 9,401 cusecs, while the outflow was 933 cusecs.

Meanwhile, the water level in Kabini dam in HD Kote taluk of Mysore district rose by four feet in 24 hours. The level stood at 2,261 feet (maximum level 2,284 feet) on Monday. The inflow was 16,000 cusecs. This follows heavy rain in the Nagarahole National Park and several places in Kerala. 

The water level in the Hemavathi reservoir in Hassan district rose by 2.5 feet in the last 24 hours. It stood at 2,864 feet on Monday. The inflow was 6,675 cusecs and the storage stood at 4.8 tmc feet. The dam level on the corresponding date last year was 2,869.18 feet.

Dakshina Kannada

Incessant rains continued to lash Dakshina Kannada district since Sunday night.
The district has received an average of 65.1 mm rainfall. A huge tree was uprooted at Derebail Konchady. The waterlogged roads disrupted movement of vehicles on several roads in the city. On the other hand, sea erosion has intensified in Ullal. The compound wall of a house was damaged at Mani.

With electricity poles being uprooted at Kollamogra, Harihara, Kalmakaru and Mullubagilu, the residents have been living without electricity. 

Udupi district received an average of 35.34 mm in the last 24 hours. Udupi taluk recorded 20.24 mm rain, Karkala taluk registered 46.1 mm rainfall and Kundapur taluk registered 39.7 mm rain.

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