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Cauvery in spate, flood threat looms over Kodagu

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Holiday for schools, colleges for the third consecutive day

IT'S MONSOON:People wading through the inundated Balamuri-Murnad road due to floods in the Cauvery in Kodagu on Wednesday.
IT'S MONSOON:People wading through the inundated Balamuri-Murnad road due to floods in the Cauvery in Kodagu on Wednesday.

Flood threat loomed large in certain areas in Kodagu district as the Cauvery and Lakshmanatirtha rivers were in spate following copious rainfall in the district on Wednesday.

Though the rainfall was not as severe as on Tuesday, good inflow into the rivers accounted for an increase in the level.

Kodagu District Administration has declared holiday for schools and colleges in the district for the third successive day on Thursday.

Water entered into houses on the banks of the river at Karadigodu near Siddapur in the district.

The Bhagamandala-Madikeri road at the Triveni Sangama is inundated severing vehicular traffic links.

Vast areas of paddy fields where seedlings were being readied have inundated along the course of the Cauvery and Lakshmanatirtha rivers in Virajpet taluk.

Vehicular traffic on the Madikeri-Chettalli Road came to a halt for more than an hour in the morning following landslip. Commuters of a private bus travelling on the road cleared the road, as also a huge tree that had crashed, to make way for traffic.

The road is highly vulnerable for landslides during monsoon. In spite of the lurking danger of floods, none of the residents in Karadigodu moved to the rehabilitation centre (gruel centre) set up by the District Administration at a nearby school.

Siddapur gram panchayat member, Sainulla, expressed apprehension that certain houses located close to the banks of Cauvery in Karadigodu could be swept away in the floods.

Cauvery has submerged the old bridge at Balamuri near Murnad and the flood alert signboards put up by the PWD have been washed away.

The level of the river at Betri, on the Madikeri-Virajpet Road, is a sight seeing spot for people rushing to have a glimpse of the Cauvery flowing with ferocity.

Highest rainfall

Kodagu district average from January till today (8 a.m.) was 900 mm much above the 444.73 mm received in the corresponding period last year.

The statistics for Madikeri taluk since January is 1290 mm (594.77 mm last year). It was 697.94 mm in Virajpet taluk (374.26 mm) and 712.45 mm in Somwarpet taluk (365.16 mm).

Harangi

Harangi reservoir level touched 2846 feet (measured in the afternoon) against its maximum of 2859 feet. The level in the morning was 2843.95 feet. The level in the reservoir in the same period last year was 2810.83 feet.

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