Flood levels subside, relief work continue in K'taka

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Bangalore, Sep 21 (UNI)Threat of fresh floods loom large in atleast four districts of Karnataka follwoing heave discharge from reservoirs in Maharashtra even as life was limping back to normalcy in in rain battered districts of Bombay-Karnataka area.

Reports reaching here said that following hevy rains in the catchment areas of Maharashtra Districts of Bidar, Gulbarga, Raichur and Bijapur were facing fresh flood threats as the water levels of rivers Bheema and Manjra were expected to rise.

River Tungabhadra which was in spate had inundated large tracts of agricutlural lands in Raichur district.

Rainfall had decreased in affected districts like Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkot but many villages still remained inundated.

No fresh rain related deaths were reported since last night. The rain fury had left at least 23 people killed in ten affected districts since Monday.

A Hubli report said relief and rescue operations continued in full swing in the worst hit Dharwad and Gagag districts with two IAF chopers and army personnel from Maratha Light Infantry Regemental Centre in Belgaum actively partipating in the operations.

Over 36 villages in the two districts were marooned with three major rivulets including Bennehalla. People taking shelter on rooftops and temples were being evacuated to safer places.

Following the visit of Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy who made an aerial survey of the two districts along with his deputy B S Yediyurappa yesterday, officials started distributing food grains at various places.

Leader of opposition in legislative assembly Dharam Singh and KPCC president Mallikarjuna Kharge took up an aerial survey in the affected areas today. Minister for primary education Basavaraj Horatti visited the affected areas by road.

A Gulbarga report said rising water level in Bhima, following increased discharge from Maharashtra, was causing concerns to the people of Gulbarga district. The water flow had risen to 95,000 and the level stood at 6.8 m, much above the danger mark, at Devalgaon gauging centre. Officials warned of further increase in the waterflow by this evening.

Heavy rains in this district had caused damages to hundreds of houses in Sedam, Afzalpur, Jewargi and Chittapur taluks, officials said.

Manjra river was again in spate in Bidar district inundating ten villages. Saigaon bridge was again submerged.

In Alamatti reservoir across Krishna the inflow was at 45,000 cusecs while discharge was kept at 52,000. The water level in the dam stood at the maximum 519 m. In downstram Narayanpur dam the inflow was 1.48 lakh cusecs and same amount of water was being drained out into the downstream Jurala project in Andhra Pradesh, officials said. The level stood at 489 m against the full level of 492 m.

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