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Flooded: A house in Belgaum’s Kapileshwar Colony which has been marooned following heavy rain.
Flooded: A house in Belgaum’s Kapileshwar Colony which has been marooned following heavy rain.

Staff Correspondent

Civic authorities blamed for not cleaning storm water drains regularly

Belgaum: Residents of low-lying localities in Belgaum city are spending sleepless nights as rainwater has entered several houses.

The city received rain throughout Thursday. Water has entered several houses on 3rd Cross in Kapileshwar Colony and Mahaveer Colony in Shahpur following heavy rain on Wednesday.

According to residents of the localities, water has entered the houses as storm water drains are clogged. They are blaming Belgaum City Corporation authorities for not taking steps to clean the drains regularly.

Suresh Anvekar, whose house in Kapileshwar Colony has been flooded since Wednesday, said residents of the locality face the same problem every year during rains. Repeated pleas to the corporation authorities and local councillor to clean the drains had fell on deaf ears, he said.

He said that none of his family members had slept throughout the night as they feared that snakes and frogs might enter the house.

Meanwhile, average rainfall recorded in Belgaum district on Thursday was 44.9 mm.

Official sources said that Khanapur and Belgaum taluks received highest rainfall on Thursday in the district. Khanapur received 205 mm rainfall followed by Belgaum - 116.3 mm, Chikkodi - 34.5 mm, Bailhongal - 25.7 mm, Hukkeri - 17 mm, Savadatti - 12.4 mm, Raibag - 10.4 mm, Athani - 10.2 mm, Gokak - 10.1 mm and Ramdurg - 7 mm.

Inflow into Hidkal dam was 30,488 cusecs on Thursday (discharge was 112 cusecs). The inflow was 21,063 cusecs on Wednesday. Inflow into the Navilteerth dam across the Malaprabha was 18,894 cusecs (discharge was 52 cusecs). The inflow was 6,996 cusecs on Wednesday.

The water-level in the Hidkal dam rose from 2,113.15 ft on Wednesday to 2,119.53 ft on Thursday as against the full reservoir level of 2,175.00 ft. The water-level in the Navilteertha dam rose from 2,045.50 ft to 2,049.05 ft on Thursday as against the full reservoir level of 2,079.50 ft.

Official sources said that water-level in the Krishna had increased following incessant rain in the catchment areas in the upstream of the river. They said there was no immediate threat of floods as water was not being released into the river from reservoirs in Maharashtra.

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