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Flood situation to worsen in North Karnataka districts

Written by: Staff
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Bangalore, Aug 8 (UNI) The flood situation, which had partially improved in North Karnataka with water levels receding in rivers Krishna and Bhima, is likely to worsen again with neighbouring Maharashtra increasing discharge of water from its dams today following torrential rains.

Even as people living in the low-lying areas of Belgaum, Gulbarga, Raichur and Bagalkot districts were struggling to cope up with the havoc wreaked by the first spell of floods last week, the Maharashtra government increased the discharge from Ujjini and Veerbhatkal dams today.

Officials in Bijapur and Belgaum district said the water level started rising in both the rivers with the increase in discharge.

A Gulbarga report said the flow into river Bhima shot up to 1.19 lakh cusecs from 47,200 cusecs yesterday. The water level at Devagaon bridge stood at 401 metres.

The level at Narayanpur reservoir across Krishna was 490.70m with the inflow rising to three lakh cusecs and outflow stepped up to 3.17 lakh cusecs.

In upstream Bagalkot district, the level at Alamatti reservoir, built across river Krishna, was maintained at 517.08m as against it full level of 519.6m. The dam was receiving 2.79 lakh cusecs and discharging three lakh cusecs.

In Bijapur, the entry point of river Bhima from Maharashtra, the level was steadily raising to 10.14m from seven metres at the border town of Dulikhed. Assistant Commissioner N Shivaraj said the level was expected to raise further tonight.

A report from Belgaum said Maharashtra increased the discharge to 2.5 lakh cusecs from 1.58 lakh cusecs yesterday and the flow might reach the border tonight. At present river Krishna was receiving 1.60 lakh cusecs.

The flow in the tributaries of river Krishna was also steadily increasing with river Panchganga receiving 62,000 cusecs, river Warna 19,000 cusecs and river Doodhganga 15,300 cusecs. A flood alert has been sounded for people living on the banks of these rivers to move to safer places.

Meanwhile, the Malaprabha reservoir in Belgaum was brimming with the water level touching 2,076.25 ft as against the full level of 2,077 ft, officials said.

People of over 200 villages had been affected and standing crops in thousands of hectares destroyed during the deluge last week.

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