Rains inundate agricultural fields

wading through: Tungabhadra river flowing in full spate as 68,000 cusecs of water was  released from TB dam in Hospet on Sunday. DH photo

Intermittent rains in Talakaveri-Bagamandala region submerged the Triveni Sangama. Agricultural lands in the low-lying regions of Nittur-Balele region were inundated causing huge losses to the farming community.
Large quantities of water being released into the river from the Harangi dam have flooded fields near Kushalnagar.

In the past 24 hours, the district has recorded 65.3 mm of rainfall. Highest rainfall of 142.2 mm has been recorded at Shanthahalli is Somavarapet. Normal life has been affected in Madikeri and surrounding areas due to continuous rains till Sunday afternoon.
The inflow into Harangi dam  was 10,363 cusec on Sunday, of which 7,990 cusec was released to rivers and 1,525 cusec was released to canals.

A considerable increase has also been noticed in the quantity of water flowing in Kaveri and Lakshmanateertha rivers.

Some respite in Shimoga
Rains, which lashed the region for past 6 days, provided some respite on Sunday. Inflow to major reservoirs dropped substantially and vehicular movement  that was blocked by overflowing rivers has resumed.

Inflow to Linganamakki reservoir crossed one lakh cusec on Saturday night due to which water was released by opening 11 gates. As the inflow dropped by Sunday morning, the gates were closed. Water level in Linganamakki reservoir stood at 1,816.30 feet on Sunday against the maximum capacity on 1,819 feet. The reservoir recorded 73,075 cusec inflow. Jog was buzzing with tourists on Sunday as the falls has regained resplendent charm owing to heavy downpour in the region.

Bhadra reservoir also recorded drop in inflow on Sunday due to which crest gates which were lifted by seven feet, were brought down to four feet. The reservoir had 185.6 feet water on Sunday with 36,474 cusec inflow. 25,000 cusec water was discharged from the reservoir. Vehicular movement in Bhadravati which was blocked by overflowing Bhadra river resumed by Sunday afternoon. Water level in Tunga reservoir stood at 586.35 feet with 79,276 cusec inflow and outflow respectively.

In Hospet, Tungabhadra river is over flowing. The inflow into the Tungabhadra dam is also increasing. As a result all the crest gates are opened, and 68000 cusecs of water was released. For the fifth time the Hampi monuments are inundated.  The people on the bank of Tungabhadra are alerted. The water release could reach 1 lakh cusecs at any point of time said officials of Meteorological Department.

Bodies not yet recovered
Balehonnur: The bodies of the three who drowned in Bhadra river on Saturday near Khandya has not yet been recovered. The rafters started the search for bodies on Sunday morning using three rafts and one boat.

A purse and mobile belonging to Jagadish, who was washed away, was found stuck on a tree branch 50 feet away from the spot where he went missing. The river, which is flowing in full  in spate, and fear of crocodiles has become a cause for anxiety among the searchers.

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