Swollen rivers raise flood threat

Unrelenting rain in State fills reservoirs; Cauvery, Krishna in spate
Last Updated 29 July 2010, 03:54 IST

Water was being let out of brimming reservoirs. The generating station at the Almatti dam, which stopped generating electricity in March, resumed operation on Wednesday.
Cauvery was in spate and with the Harangi and Kabini reservoirs brimming, and water was let out of Harangi into the Cauvery while similar outflow is expected from the Kabini dam if the rain persists on Thursday.

Water levels in the rivers in the district continued to increase creating fear of floods among the residents across the banks of the rivers Krishna, Doodhganga, Vedganga, Hiranyakeshi and Malaprabha. Though water wasn't being released from Koyna Dam in Maharashtra, water inflow into the river Krishna was about 1.30 lakh cusecs with water coming into the mainstream from Rajapur barrage across the states border with Maharashtra.

Bhagamandala was inundated for the first time during this monsoon. Three feet water was seen on Napoklu-Ayyangeri road, and water to the depth of one foot was flowing over the Madikeri-Bhagamandala road.

Inflow into Harangi reservoir increased to 13,367 cusecs raising the water level to2,859 feet. With increase in the inflow of water to Harangi reservoir, four crest gates were opened and 10,000 cusecs water was released to Cauvery river on Wednesday.

In a press release here, executive engineer of Kabini and Varuna Canal Circle said there is every possibility of increase in inflow of water into the dam. The excess water will be released from the dam anytime. In view of this, he advised people living in low-lying areas and on the bank of River Cauvery to move to safer places along with their cattle.
Copious rains in catchment areas of Wayanad in Kerala saw water level at Kabini Reservoir reaching 2280 ft as against the maximum level of 2284 ft. The inflow into the dam was around 16,700 cusecs.

Heavy rain lashing the district for nearly two weeks claimed the life of a child on Wednesday. Parashram Parasannavar (5) got trapped under the rubble after wall of neighbouring house that had been weakened due to rains collapsed on the wall of his home, leading in that wall too caving in.

Two bridges and a road across river Krishna were submerged in the flood waters. Ainapur-Ugar road in Athani taluk and bridges on Raibag-Chinchali road and Bagalkot-Miraj road near Raibag were submerged and the traffic was diverted.
Six houses were partially damaged in the heavy pour and two bullocks were killed.

Rain continued to lash the catchment areas of Sharavathi, raising the water level in Linganamakki reservoir rose by 3.6 feet in past 24 hours owing to heavy downpour in catchment areas. It stood at 1,775.70 feet on Wednesday with an inflow of 32,808 cusec.
Bhadra reservoir had 156.9 feet water with 12,327 cusec inflow.
Water level in Mani reservoir has reached 578.97 metre with 6,267 cusec inflow. Agumbe has received 198.6 mm rainfall, Mastikatte 117 mm, Yadur 116 mm, Mani 110 mm while 108 mm rain was recorded in Hulikal.

Heavy rain which have been lashing the coastal districts for the last few days inundated Kumaradhara bridge in Subramanya on Wednesday morning for few hours, disrupting road traffic on the Subramanya-Mangalore road between 9 am and 11 am.
Devotees visiting Subramanya temple were stranded on one side of the road for a few hours. The water level receded with the rain weakening after11 am.
Schools declared holiday following the flooding of the road. A huge tree fell on the house at Doddakumeri in Thodikana of Sullia taluk. A compound wall was also collapsed at Gandhinagara in Sullia. As a result, the cement pipes and few two-wheelers which were parked near the wall were damaged.

Heavy to very heavy rain is expected at isolated places over Coastal Karnataka in the next 48 hours, according to the met department.

Heavy rain lashed Kalasa hobli on Wednesday, damaging roads, inundating agriculture land and damaging a house. Life in Mudigere was thrown out of gear on Wednesday.
River Hemavathy was flowing in spate. The movement of vehicles were disrupted at Marutha, Kottigehara, Javali, Banakal, Moolarahalli, Bairapura, Honnekool, Hosakere. The road between Ittige-Seegodu near Sringeri was blocked for more than five hours as a bamboo tree fell on the road. Electric poles have also been damaged in the region.
The passengers travelling to Sringeri, Koppa from Bangalore were held up for five hours.
The Bhadra, Thunga and its tributaries are overflowing in Koppa taluk.
Paddy fields were inundated at Narve, Nagalapura and the Chikmagalur road was under water.

The movement of vehicles were disrupted with the flooding of Kattinamane road at Kuduregunda.
DH News Service

(Published 28 July 2010, 18:25 IST)

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