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GULBARGA: The flood situation in Gulbarga district continues to be alarming with communication links to more villages snapping owing to the submergence of link roads and bridges. The damage to fields on the banks of the Krishna and the Bhima and its tributaries is also extensive.
Official sources told The Hindu here on Monday that though the water-level in the river has started receding in Afzalpur taluk following the decreased outflow from the Ujjini and Veerbhatkar dams in Maharashtra, the situation is alarming in Jewargi and Chitapur taluks.
Sources said the release of water from Ujjini dam in Maharashtra has been stopped from Monday morning following less inflow into the dam. The discharge from the Veerbhatkar dam has been reduced to 20,000 cusecs. The decreased outflow from these two dams has helped in slightly improving the flood situation in Afzalpur taluk.
While the water-level of the Bhima at Devangoan bridge near Sonna village came down from 406.7 metres to 406.3 metres on Monday, the river continues to flow at 1.7 metres above the danger mark. Also, the floodwaters have not receded from fields on the banks of the river.
Communication link between Gulbarga and the other districts in Bombay Karnataka continued to be disrupted for the fourth day as a bridge near Devangoan is still submerged under water. The authorities have decided not to allow vehicular traffic on the Gulbarga-Bijapur road till the waters recede.
As the inflow into the river has increased considerably, communication link to many villages in Jewargi taluk has snapped owing to the flooding of roads and low-level bridges connecting the villages. Presspersons who wanted to visit a rehabilitation camp at Kudi Darga village in Jewargi taluk had to return empty-handed following the flooding of a low-level bridge on the road from Jewargi to Kudi Darga village.
Sources said that with each passing hour, floodwaters from the Krishna and Bhima rivers are submerging more fields. According to the latest details available with the Deputy Commissioner's office, 80,348 hectares have been flooded, and the crop loss has been estimated at Rs. 65.76 crores.
Jewargi taluk is the worst hit with 25,150 hectares of land flooded, and the crop loss has been pegged at Rs. 20.58 crores followed by Gulbarga taluk, where 18,855 hectares of land is flooded and the crop loss has been estimated at Rs. 15.43 crores.
In Afzalpur, 15,135 hectares of land is flooded and the crop loss has been pegged at Rs. 12.39 crores while in Shahapur, 10,500 hectares is flooded and the crop loss has been estimated at Rs. 8.59 crores. As much as 4,000 hectares in Surpur, 4,988 hectares in Chitapur and 1,770 hectares in Yadgir are flooded.
According to reports reaching here, the water-level in the Krishna is rising at an alarming rate in many places. The Army, which has been involved in rescue operations in marooned villages, has evacuated 50 families from Thinthani and Bandoli villages on the banks of the Krishna.
The outflow from the Narayanpur dam was 4.40 lakh cusecs on Monday.
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