Staff Correspondent

Flood situation grim in Gulbarga, one person washed away in Bagalkot district

  • Water level in Krishna river rises owing to discharge from Koyna dam
  • Water being released into Bhima river from Ujjini and Veerbhatkal dams

    Belgaum: Forty-nine villages in three taluks of Belgaum were submerged and another 11 villages partially affected owing to flooding in Krishna river on Thursday.

    According to official sources, 21,017 persons and 9,756 heads of cattle have been evacuated to safe places. Road links to 25 villages were affected, and the administration used 47 boats to evacuate the affected families.

    The discharge from Koyna dam in Satara district of Maharashtra into the Krishna on Thursday was 1,45,400 cusecs.

    Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy will visit flood-hit areas in Belgaum on Friday morning.

    The district administration has opened relief camps, four in Raibag taluk, eight in Athani taluk and one in Chikkodi taluk where the affected families have been provided food and shelter.

    Gulbarga Special Correspondent reports:

    Flood situation in affected villages on the banks of the Bhima continued to worsen with water entering fields and cutting off road link partially to many villages in Afsalpur, Chitapur, Jewargi and Yadgir taluks on Thursday.

    With water being released from Ujjini and Veerbhatkal reservoirs in Maharashtra into the river, water level continued to rise.

    Floodwaters also entered the historical Uttaridimath on the banks of the river where the Brindavan of Madhva Theertha, the disciple of Madhwacharya, is situated. Links to many villages in Afsalpur taluk, including Hiriyal and Seshagiriwadi, were partially disrupted owing to flooding of low-lying bridges.

    Floodwaters engulfed the jackwell of the drinking water supply scheme of Afsalpur town on the outskirts of the town.

    Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports

    A person is believed to have been washed away in the Krishna near Rabkavi in Bagalkot district.

    An unclaimed cycle was found on the inundated Madanamatti Road. Deputy Commissioner (Bagalkot) G.N. Nayak told The Hindu that efforts were on to trace the missing person, whose identity is yet to be established. He said as many as seven villages had inundated and six more were partially affected.

    Water discharge from the Alamatti was again crossed 3 lakh cusecs on Thursday.

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