Swelling rivers dispel drought fears

Swelling rivers dispel drought fears

Swelling rivers dispel drought fears

Most reservoirs in the State are getting filled and the fears of a drought are disappearing. Rains continued across the State on Monday, bringing bountiful of water into the rivers. The showers had a negative side, though. Roads continued to remain under water and crops were destroyed in many places.


The flood situation continues to be grim in Surapur taluk of Yadgir district. The inflow into the Basavasagar reservoir stands at 1.55 lakh cusecs and the outflow 1.42 lakh cusecs.
Neelakantarayanagadde in the taluk continues to be submerged. Efforts to reach food and other essentials to people could not succeed on Monday too. People are swimming across the river to the other end to collect the essential commodities. 


The Khanapur taluk (especially the forest areas), which had been receiving heavy showers last week, have got some respite with the rains receding in the past couple of days. Three bridges in Chikodi that had submerged under river water opened for road traffic on Monday, but four more continued to remain submerged. The water level in River Krishna and its tributaries is yet to recede.

The water level in River Krishna at Raibag taluk is receding as inflow has reduced and water is being discharged from the Almatti dam. The flooding over the Kudachi bridge is also receding. It is expected that the bridge will open for traffic by late night on Monday.

The reduction in rainfall in Maharashtra has led to a decline in discharge from the reservoirs. The total release of water from Maharashtra was 1,20,286 cusecs on Monday, of which 18,304 cusecs was from Kalammawadi dam into River Doodhganga and 1,01,982 cusecs from Rajapur barrage into River Krishna.

The bridges that opened for road traffic are Sadalga-Borgaon, Bhojwadi-Kunnar and Sidnal-Akkol. Those which continue to be submerged are Karadga-Bhoj, Kallol-Yadur, Jatrat-Bhiveshi and Mallikwad-Dattawad.

Kankumbi, the birthplace of River Malaprabha, Amgaon, Jamgaon and Gavaali in Khanapur taluk recorded 8 to 12 centimetres of rainfall in the past 24 hours. Water levels in rivers and water bodies in the taluk continue to remain above normal, affecting traffic. Some of the roads are being closed with water flowing on them.

Kirwala, Ambewadi, Chikla, Parwad, Amate, Kalmani, Olmani, Nersa and other villages were cut off, with rivers flowing over the roads and bridges. The flooded Mangotri stream has led to the Koulpurwada-Modekoppa bridge getting submerged. The Maruti temple at Habbanatti continued to remain submerged under the waters of River Malaprabha.


As on Sunday, a total of 1,89,524 cusecs of water is being released from 33 crest gates of the Tungabhadra dam, while the inflow is 1,66,541 cusecs.

This has resulted in the Tungabhadra river flowing above the danger mark. Monuments in Hampi continue to be submerged. Many villages in the district continue to battle the flood situation. Agriculture fields remain flooded.

The heavy discharge of water from the reservoir has led to  destruction of crops on the banks of the river.

Further discharge from the dam could result in the water entering the villages. 


Showers continue in the district, with small-scale damage to properties. The rain recorded on Sunday was 4.1 mm, with damages being reported to five houses in Channagiri taluk and two houses in Honnali taluk.


As many as 5,000 cusecs of water was released from four gates of Bhadra dam as the reservoir was inching closer to the maximum level of 186 feet on Monday.

The water level rose to 184.6 feet, following copious rain in the catchment areas over the last one week. The inflow of water in Bhadra dam was 23,535 cusecs and the outflow was 2,769 cusecs.

The water level in Linganamakki dam rose to 1,802.35 feet against the maximum level of 1,819 feet as catchment areas received 48 mm of rains. The inflow was 37,766 cusecs. The water level in the dam was 1,816.75 feet on the same day last year.

Intermittent rain continued to lash several parts of the district. However, the intensity was less compared to the last few days. Shimoga, Bhadravathi, Sagar, Sorab and Hosanagar received intermittent rain.

Most parts of the district witnessed cloudy weather throughout the day. The vehicular movement between Shimoga and Thirthahalli via Mandagadde that was suspended a few days ago resumed on Monday.

The flood situation in Sagar and Thirthahalli is improving.

Coastal districts

Rains have taken a break in the coastal districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada.
With heavy rains lashing the catchment area of Kumaradhara river, the water level in the river increased on Monday evening.

The water started flowing on the bridge connecting Subrahmanya, disrupting movement of vehicles. The bridge was not opened for traffic till late night.

There was moderate rains in the coastal, Malnad and semi-arid regions of Uttara Kannada district.