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Krishna in full flow, Almatti nearing total capacity

Almatti (Bagalkot dist), July 20, 2013, DHNS:
Abundant flow: Water being released at the Almatti dam following copious rainfall in the catchment areas. dh photo

As many as 11 gates of the total 26 gates were opened on Saturday afternoon to let out the copious inflow into the Lal Bahadur Shastri reservoir, with the inflow reaching 1.05 lakh cusecs, following the release of huge amount of water to the Krishna river from the dams in Maharashtra due to heavy rains in the Western Ghats of the neighbouring state.

A total of 81,515 cusecs of water was released to the Basavasagar reservoir in Narayanapura, including 42,000 cusecs through the hydel power generating station.

The water level in the reservoir stood at 518.35 feet, against the maximum level of 519.6 feet. The water storage in the dam was 103 tmc ft against the total capacity of 123 tmc ft.


The hydel station is generating 270 MW of power against the capacity of 290 MW.

Seven bridges under water

Heavy rains in Maharashtra, which has increased inflow into River Krishna and its tributaries, have submerged seven low-lying bridges in Chikodi taluk.
The affected bridges are: Kallol-Yadur, Sadalga-Borgaon, Karadga-Bhoj, Bhojwadi-Kunnar, Sidnal-Akkol, Jatrat-Bhiweshi and Malikwad-Dattwad.

Alternative roads, however,  are being used to access nearby villages.

TB dam level cheering 

The Tungabhadra reservoir near Hospet in Bellary district is just four feet from reaching full capacity. On Saturday, the water level stood at 1,629.51 feet, against the maximum of 1,633 feet.

The heavy inflow into the reservoir is the result of heavy rainfall in the Malnad districts.

The reservoir presently has a storage of 86 tmc ft, the highest in the last five years. The dam is the lifeline of farmers in the districts of Bellary, Raichur and Koppal. It is likely to reach the brim by the end of the month.

While the left bank canal of the dam feeds water to the taluks of Hospet, Siruguppa and Bellary, the upper and lower right bank canals irrigate areas in Andhra Pradesh.
The good water levels in the dam means Bellary city will have no drinking water problem.

D-K bears the brunt

Rainfall continued to lash Dakshina Kannada district on Saturday. The district has received an average of 63.2 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours. Bantwal taluk received the highest of 73.8 mm rainfall followed by Sullia 72.8 mm.

With the catchment areas receiving good rainfall, the inflow of water into Kumaradhara river has increased, inundating the bridge connecting Subramanya. The flood water on the bridge receded after midnight on Friday.

Woman dies

Kariyamma, 45, was crushed to death when a wall of her house collapsed at Kanivebilachi village of Channagiri taluk in Davangere district, late on Friday night.

Madikeri marooned

Heavy rainfall threw normal life out of gear in Madikeri, Bhagamandala, Shanthalli and Sampaje. Following a landslide on the Mukkodlu-Hammiyala road, the movement of vehicles has been affected. Shanthalli received the highest of 206 mm of rainfall, followed by 146.6 mm in Bhagamandala.

With the damage to electricity poles, power supply has been disrupted in a few villages in the district. The district administration has taken measures to shift residents to safer places. Gruel centres have been opened in Madikeri and Karadigodu.

Deluge in Chikmagalur

Kalasa and Mudigere have reported good rainfall. Movement of vehicles on the Horanadu road was cut off, with the Bhadra river overflowing at Hebbole near Kalasa.
Two persons suffered injuries when lightning struck them at Heggaravalli in Kirugunda Gram Panchayat of Mudigere taluk. The injured are Aithappa, 60, and his wife Tulasi, 55.

Teerthahalli cut off

Heavy rainfall continued to lash Teerthahalli taluk of Shimoga district, throwing life out of gear.

Vehicular movement on the Shimoga-Teerthahalli road was suspended on Saturday as the road near Mandagadde was inundated. The movement of vehicles on the alternative road was also disrupted for a few hours as a tree was uprooted at Hanagerekatte village in the taluk.

Vehicular movement was disrupted between Guddekeri and Agumbe as the Nabala bridge was submerged following heavy rain.

The ancient ‘Rama mantapa’ in Teerthahalli town is on the verge of being
submerged due to incessant rainfall.            

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