Bhima in spate, water recedes in Krishna river

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Gulbarga, Sep 22 (UNI) The flood situation in Karnataka continued to be grim as the Bhima river was overflowing following a heavy discharge of water from the Veerbhatkal and Ujjain dams in Maharashtra, even as water started receding in the Krishna river today.

As the flow of water into river Krishna receded, all the crest gates of the Almatti dam across the river were shut. Only 35,000 cusecs of water was released from the dam for hydel power generation. With the inflow of 45,604 cusecs, the water level in the Almatti dam stood at 519 metres.

The discharge of water from Narayanpur dam was reduced to 95,000 cusecs. With an inflow of 94,139 cusecs, the water level was almost to the brim at 490.45 m. At Davalgoen bridge, Bhima was flowing seven metres high with the inflow of 97,000 cusecs.

Raichur district bore the brunt of flood fury as torrential rains damaged standing crop worth Rs ten crore in 10,000 hectares. Vast tract of crop lands along the river course of Tungabhadra and Krishna were under sheet of water.

Official sources said the district had suffered a loss of Rs 56 crore since the onset of the monsoon in June.

The state government had released Rs 4 crore to carry out relief and rehabilitation in the flood affected areas. Flood water from Tungabhadra and Krishna rivers had damaged more than 10,000 houses in Manvi, Sindhunur and Lingsunur taluks and the loss was estimated at Rs 34 crore, the sources said.

In Bidar district, standing crops in 3,000 hectares were damaged as surplus water from Manjara river entered the fields.

Karnataka Agriculture Minister Bandeppa Kashempur, who reviewed the flood situation said to prevent frequent inundating of Siagaon bridge, across Manjara, elevation work would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore.


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