Krishna in spate, Flood warning sounded

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Bangalore, Aug 12 (UNI) Krishna river threatened to inundate fresh areas in north Karnataka following heavy discharge of water from reservoirs in Maharashtra, while rain continued to cause floods in many other parts of the state.

Authorities had sounded flood alarms along the river course as 3.37 lakh cusecs of water was flowing in from Maharashtra into Krishna and its tributaries following heavy rains in Sangli district. Though rain came down in Belgaum district, heavy inflows from Maharashtra threatened to submerge fresh areas.

This prompted irrigation authorities to discharge 2.50 lakh cusecs of water from Alamatti reservoir across Krishna.

Official sources said that four people had died, three in Shimoga and one from Dakshina Kannada district since last night. Heavy rains continue to batter most places in districts of Chikmagalur, Shimoga and Kodagu, while it gave some respite in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

In Belgaum 23 roads and bridges were submerged as Krishna and its tributaries Hiranyakeshi, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and Doodh Ganga were flowing above danger levels.

In Almatti the level rose to 518.5 mts against the maximum level of 519 m. While inflow had risen to 1.95 lakh cusecs, the outflow had been stepped up to 2.5 lakh. Downstream Narayanpur reservoir was also full and officials decided to open all 20 crest gates to release a huge 2.80 lakh cusecs of water into Andhra Pradesh.

Due to heavy discharge from Narayanpur, Kollur bridge near Deogdurg in Shahpur taluk of Gulbarga district had submerged in flood waters disrupting vehicular traffic on the state highway connecting Gulbarga and Raichur.

Cauvery river and its tributaries also remained Swollen following heavy rains in Kogadu district and parts of Kerala. Levels at Krishnaraja Sagar near Mysore built across Cauvery rose to 121 ft against the full level of 124.8 ft. Inflow was 38,789 cusecs while outflow was restricted to 4187 cusecs.

Kabini which was the first reservoir to reach the maximum level in the state was getting an inflow of 26,219 while, 23,417 cusecs was being discharged.

Lakshmana Thirtha a tributary of Cauvery caused floods in Kodagu district. Bhagamandala, near Talacauvery the birth place of Cauvery, was inundated due to heavy rains.

Landslides were reported in Shiradi ghat bringing to a halt vehicular traffic between Mysore and Mangalore and train service was canceled due to landslide.

Rains continued in Hassan district bringing copious inflows into Hemavathy, another tributary of Cauvery. The inflow into Hemavathy dam in Holenarasipur rose to 42,098 cusecs today.

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