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Swollen Bhima causes concern in Gulbarga

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Bangalore, Aug 2 (UNI) Authorities have sounded a flood alert in Bijapur and Gulbarga districts of Karnataka as many villages are under the threat of inundation due to the swollen Bhima river, which had already left some villages marooned and large tracts of standing crop submerged.

Officials said Bijapur was the worst hit district in the State, with both rivers Bhima and Krishna being in spate following heavy discharge of water from different dams in Maharashtra.

Two villages were affected by floods and over 5,000 hectares of standing crop submerged. About 30 villages were under the threat of being inundated as the water level showed no signs of receding.

Authorities have opened several relief centres to provide succour to the affected people.

At Alamatti, the inflow stood at 2.55 lakh cusecs, while 2.69 lakh cusecs of water was being let out to downstream Narayanapur dam. The level was maintained at 517.59 m as against the full level of 519.60 m. The inflow into Narayanapur dam was 2.95 lakh cusecs and outflow 2.90 lakh cusecs.

In Gulbarga, 400 people had been evacuated to relief centres as six villages -- Mannuru, Kudiganuru, Kullur, Patagera, Hiriyal and Kattipangali -- were marooned by flood waters of Bhima.

Communication and transport had been cut off to many villages. About 500 acres of standing crop were marooned at Nellogi village, officials said.

About 1.40 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from Ujjini dam.

Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey monitored the situation by visiting the flood-hit areas.

Evacuation of people to safer places was being continued for the third consecutive day. Round the clock vigil had been maintained and officials were in constant touch with their counterparts in Maharashtra to closely monitor the water release from that State.

UNI TEAM-RS GD ARB KN2041

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