1 killed in rain, Cauvery Basin reservoirs fast filling up

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Bangalore, Jul 31 (UNI) One person was killed even as heavy rainfall in Kodagu District brought copious inflows for rivers in the Cauvery basin in Karnataka.

Southwest Monsoon remained active for the sixth successive day today with heavy rainfall lashing Mangalore, Kodagu, Udupi and Shimoga Districts.

A Madikeri report said a farmer, identified as Thimmaiah (35), was swept away in a rivulet near this town yesterday.

Flood situation remained grim in the hilly district of Kodagu as Cauvery in North and Laxmana Thirtha in South Kodagu inundated several areas.

Power supply and telephone connections were disrupted in several places, officials said.

A Mysore report said Kabini Reservoir Authority had issued flood warning to the people living on the banks of the river.

The reservoir level had touched the brim at 2282.76 feet against maximum capacity of 2,284 feet with inflow of more then 30,000 cusecs.

Same amount of water was being let out from the reservoir in H D Kote Taluk.

Tahasildar Majunath said people living on the banks of the river had been asked to move to safer places as discharge was expected to go up further.

In Krishnaraja Sagar Reservoir across Cauvery near here, water levels rose continuously due to increased inflows.

The level rose by three feet since yesterday. It stood at 111.55 feet (maximum level of 124.80 feet) with inflow of 39,210 cusces and outflow of 3,770 cusecs.

While the level at Harangi Reservoir in Kodagu District was 2857.41 feet against the full level of 2,859 feet with inflow and outflow at 12,857 and 12,196 cusecs respectively.

Following stations received very heavy rainfall (in cms) in the state during the last 24 hours ending 0830 hrs today: Agumbe 15, Bhagamandala 12, Sringeri 10, Belthangadi, Koppa 9 each and Subramanya, Madikeri, Thirthahalli 8 each.

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