22,000 cusecs water released from Harangi

As heavy rains continued to lash certain parts of Kodagu district, all the four crest gates of Harangi reservoir near here were opened to release about 22,000 cusecs of water.
harangi roars: All the four crest gates of Harangi reservoir near Kushalnagar were opened and 22,000 cusecs of water was released on Saturday. dh photo
The scenic beauty of water flowing through crest gates makes the reservoir an attractive tourist spot. Tourists were seen thronging towards the reservoir to view the beautiful scenary. Since entrance to the reservoir has been restricted for security reasons, tourists were made to watch the water flow from a distance.

The reservoir, which has a maximum height of 2,859 feet, had an inflow of 32,000 cusecs and the water-level had touched 2,857 mark at 10 am. Later, additional inflow water was allowed to flow through crest gates. The water-level in the reservoir is maintained at 2,857 feet and additional water is being let out considering the safety aspects.
Halagunda bridge and road near Karhalla has been submerged due to overflow in the cauvery stream after the crest gates were opened. Traffic has been disrupted completely here.
A total of 255.6 mm rain has been recorded in the reservoir region. Water has been filled in the reservoir 11 days in advance, when compared to previous year. The reservoir, which has 8.5 TMC storage capacity, has 8 TMC of water in it. Villagers in the low-lying areas were warned of possible danger before the crest gates were opened.

In Madikeri
Though the heavy rains which has been lashing certain parts of Kodagu subsided on Saturday, the flood situation in Bhagamandala remained the same. The water-level on Bethri bridge has reduced. As a result, the vehicular movement between Madikeri-Virajpe commenced.

Talacauvery-Bhagamandala received heavy rains in the afternoon. Three feet water was flowing over Bhagamandala-Madikeri road.

Rs 42 cr damage
Property worth Rs 42.43 crore has been damaged in Kodagu district owing to the heavy rains that has been lashing the district. The district administration has sent a report to the government in this regard.

The rains have claimed three lives in the district till Friday. As many as 191 houses have been damaged incurring a loss of Rs 28.08 lakh.

Crops in 218 hectare land has been damaged. The loss is estimated at Rs 69.20 lakh. About 228 hectare of horticulture crops damaged. The loss has been put at Rs 128.53 lakh.

Owing to the damage to PWD roads and bridges, the loss has been estimated at Rs 908 lakh. The damage to ZP roads and bridges has been estimated at Rs 2,341 lakh. Chescom has incurred a loss of Rs 25.98 lakh.

Minor irrigation department has incurred a loss of Rs 383 lakh. Madikeri TMC has incurred a loss of Rs 146.05 lakh. Virajpet Town Panchayat incurred loss of Rs 74.50 lakh, Somwarpet TP-  Rs 77 lakh and Kushalnagar TP - Rs 62 lakh.

District-in-Charge Minister Krishna Palemar, MP H Vishwanath and MLA M P Appacchuranjan visited flood affected areas in the district on Friday. Assembly Deputy Speaker K G Bopaiah visited Nellyahudikeri, Karadigodu, Guhya, Gonikoppalu, Nittur-Balele on Saturday.

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