Water levels in four major reservoirs rise, farmers hope for good harvest
Mysore/Madikeri: A rain-starved State till just a few days ago, some of the districts have been receiving copious rainfall in the last few days. The rain gods are indeed smiling at the Cauvery basin. Moderate to heavy showers have been lashing the catchment areas of major reservoirs in the basin — Krishnaraja Sagar, Kabini, Harangi and Hemavathy — since the last few days, increasing the inflow into the dams and also lifting the hopes of farmers of reaping a good harvest.
Incessant rainfall in Kodagu district, the catchment of KRS dam, has increased the water level of the dam. On Tuesday, the dam’s water level stood at 106.50 ft. as against the maximum of 124.80 ft. The inflow was 22,712 cusecs and the outflow was 8,486 cusecs.
The dam irrigates over 40,000 hectares in Mysore district and water is being released into the canals for irrigation since Monday.
Rains continued to lash Kodagu district on Tuesday and many areas are still without electricity. The Cauvery and Lakshmanateertha — the two major rivers in the district — flowed above the danger level in many areas. Though the rising water level had blocked the Madikeri-Bhagamandala road and Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri road on Tuesday, the water had receded, owing to less rainfall in those areas since Monday night.
Except for one death near Perumbadi on Monday when a tree fell on a Kerala State Road Transport bus, no other deaths were reported from any part of the district on Tuesday. Loss to public property is yet to be assessed as the rain has intensified only in the last five days in Kodagu in the current season. Kodagu has so far received — from January till July 28 this year — a total of 1301.51 mm rainfall as against last year’s 2097.48 mm in the same period.
Kutta in Virajpet taluk recorded the highest rainfall in the last 24 hours (8 a.m. on Monday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday) with 188 mm rainfall. Talacauvery received 165 mm and Bhagamandala 140 mm rainfall. Good rains were received in Somwarpet, which recorded 101.4 mm rain, Srimangala 91.8 mm, Madikeri 73.2 mm, Napoklu 71.1 mm, Shanivarasante 67 mm, Ponnampet 62 mm, Harangi 50.2 mm, Gonicoppa 35 mm, in the same period.
With monsoon becoming active in Wayanad region of Kerala, the Kabini dam is receiving heavy inflow. The inflow into the dam on Tuesday was 21,317 cusecs and outflow was 3,275 cusecs. The water level touched 2,279.87 ft. (2,284 ft. is the dam’s full reservoir level), according to official sources. It is the first reservoir in the State to reach FRL with the onset of South-West monsoon.
Kabini dam irrigates over 1,25,000 acres of land covering T. Narsipur, H.D. Kote, Nanjangud and Hunsur taluks.
Following heavy rains in Kushalnagar belt of Kodagu district, Harangi reservoir has reached its FRL and surplus water was released from its four crest gates on Monday. The level of the reservoir on Tuesday was 2856.74 ft. as against its maximum of 2,859 ft. Inflow measured on Tuesday was 14,152 cusecs while it was 1,164 cusecs in the corresponding period last year. Owing to heavy downpour in Western Ghats around Sakleshpur region, inflow into Hemavathy reservoir has shot up substantially and the level on Tuesday was 2,905.05 ft. The inflow into the dam was 21,486 cusecs on Tuesday and outflow was 5,500 cusecs.
The Kodagu district administration has made all arrangements to tackle emergencies which may arise because of heavy rains. Rehabilitation centres would be set up, if required, at vulnerable places such as Karadidgodu and Nellihudikeri, a source said. Trees have been falling, mainly due to gales, in many places disrupting power supply. The Public Works Department has put up danger signals at flood-prone areas and wherever roads have been damaged.
The Lakashmanateertha river is in spate in Virajpet taluk. It has submerged large areas of paddy fields in and around Nittur and Balele areas of the district, cutting off road links with other parts of the district. Vehicles were seen moving through knee-deep water on the Madikeri-Bhagamandala road and Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri road. Mechanised boats are being operated in Bhagamandala to ferry people across. The Cauvery is flowing up to the bridge-level at Betri. People living in the low-lying areas of Karadigodu have been told to move to the nearby rehabilitation centre in the event of floods.
Primary and high schools will remain closed on July 30 and 31 in Madikeri taluk; in Somwarpet and Virajpet taluks, they would remain closed on July 30.
The situation will be reviewed on Wednesday evening, Block Education Officers of Somwarpet and Virajpet, Shivanna and Malleswamy, respectively have said.