Flood threat looms large over N-K

Heavy rains in Maharashtra submerge bridges and barrages in the State

In Belgaum, discharge of water from reservoirs in Maharashtra into river Krishna and its tributaries has created a flood-like situation in the villages on the banks of the river and its tributaries in the district.

More than 1.18 lakh cusec water flowed into river Krishna, from Rajapur barrage bordering Maharashtra and 11 bridges and barrages, including eight in Chikodi taluk alone, were submerged in river waters.

Water discharge from Koyna Dam that was 1.25 lakh cusec on Monday came down to 1.10 lakh cusec on Tuesday. The discharge would continue for a few more days with the dam nearing its full capacity. Rains subdued in southern Maharashtra and in the catchments of river Krishna and its tributaries on Tuesday and if the same situation continues discharge from the reservoirs would come down, said sources.

Increase in the river Malaprabha has resulted in an old-bridge and Asoga bridge in Khanapur getting submerged and floods in river Hiranyakeshi has resulted in the Sultanpur bridge in Hukkeri getting submerged.

Huge discharge of water from reservoirs in Maharashtra into river Krishna and its tributaries has led to eight bridges and barrages getting submerged in river waters. They are Kallol-Yadur bridge, Sadalga-Janwad bridge, Sidnal-Akkol barrage, Malikwad-Dattwad barrage, Jatrat-Bhiveshi barrage, Karadga-Bhoj bridge, Bhoj-Hunnargi barrage and
Ankali-Savadatti old bridge.

Residents on the banks of rivers have been asked to take necessary precautions and refrain from venturing into the rivers. In Bidar, copious rain for the last one week in Maharashtra has flooded the Manjra river in Bhalki taluk of Bidar district cause flooding of two low line bridges in the taluk. Road links for 17 villages in the taluk have been cut off due to this, from the taluk headquarters.

But, with water receding, some bridges have been reopened for vehicular traffic. There is no loss of life and property reported so far. However, reports stated that crops on more than 1,000 acres had been damaged due to the floods.

In Bagalkot, due to increasing inflow of water into Almatti reservoir during the last two days, water is being released through the 18 gates of the dam.  The increase in inflow is due to heavy rains in the Krishna river basin in Maharashtra.

Water has been released from all the dams in Maharashtra and is likely to reach the State in the next two days. This will lead to further increase in the inflow of water in

Almatti dam.
On Tuesday, with 1.45 lakh cusec inflow of water, 1.60 lakh cusec of water was released from the 18 gates of Almatti. In the 519.60 metre dam, waterbed has risen up to 519.22 metres.

In Karwar, increasing inflow of water is experienced at Supa reservoir due to abundant rain in the catchment area of Kali river first phase hydro-electric project. Against the maximum level of 564 metres of the dam, water storage was recorded at 551.40 metres on Tuesday at 8 am. If the inflow of water continues at the present level then in all likelihood the dam will reach its maximum capacity. Excess water is likely to be released any day.

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