Staff Correspondent

Villagers warned not to venture into the river for the next few days

  • Villages in Lingsugur, Deodurga, Raichur taluks at risk
  • Teams formed for preliminary survey of flooded areas

    Raichur: The district administration has sounded a red alert all along the banks of the Krishna, and villagers in Lingsugur, Deodurga and Raichur taluks have been warned not to venture into the river for the next few days.

    Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, Deputy Commissioner Tushar Girinath said though life in the villages along the banks of the river in Raichur district was normal for the past three days, flooding might increase from Wednesday night due to continuing heavy rainfall in Maharashtra.

    He said the inflow into Krishna between the Narayanpura dam and the Jurala dam was being maintained at around four lakh cusecs, including three lakh cusecs from the Alamatti dam and around one lakh cusecs from the Bhima, he said.

    The inflow into the river, especially between Kudur in Raichur taluk (where the Bhima joins the Krishna) and the Jurala dam, may increase to 5.50 lakh cusecs in the next 48 hours with Maharashtra increasing the outflow from the Ujani dam by about 2.50 lakh cusecs since Sunday. The outflow from the Narayanpura dam was being maintained at 2.50 lakh cusecs, but it might be go up with increase in inflow into the Alamatti dam, Mr. Girinath said.

    According to estimates, the overall inflow into the Krishna might cross six lakh cusecs by Thursday night if there was no reduction in the outflow from the Alamatti dam, he said. This would create havoc in the villages along the Krishna and further submerge Kadaradagadda and Yerdoni villages in Lingsugur taluk and the historical islands of Naradagadda, Kurvakurd and Kurvakala in Raichur taluk. The Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam had been asked to reduce the discharge from the Alamatti dam below 2.50 lakh cusecs from Thursday to avoid floodwaters from rising further in the affected villages and islands in the district, he said.

    Separate teams had been formed to conduct a preliminary survey of the flooded areas in these taluks. Standing crops had been affected in about 1,340 hectares in Deodurga taluk, 450 hectares in Lingsugur taluk and 35 hectares in Raichur taluk and the crop loss was estimated at Rs.1.84 crore, he said. A final crop-loss assessment would be made only after the floodwaters subsided, he added.

    Bhima in spate

    Staff Correspondent writes from Gulbarga

    Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey said all preparations had been made for managing possible flash-floods caused by the swollen Bhima.

    He was speaking at a meeting to review the preparations in Gulbarga on Tuesday. Water released from dams in Maharashtra was expected to enter the district near the Devangaon bridge on Wednesday around 1 p.m., he said. The level of the Bhima at the bridge was 406 m and was expected to touch 407 m by Wednesday.

    Evacuation

    This was at least a metre higher than the level last year, when people were evacuated from the area. This year, with these high water levels, evacuation may become inevitable, he later told The Hindu .

    People in 42 villages on the banks of the Bhima have been asked to be on the alert. They have been asked not to go near the river till the water-level recedes. Fishermen have also been asked to keep away from the river.

    Home Guards had been posted at the relief centres. Seven boats and 10 rafts had been kept ready on the banks of the river, he said.

    Animal husbandry officials were vaccinating cattle in the 42 villages. A crop loss survey was under way, he said.

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