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Bhima swells above danger mark, farmland flooded

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INUNDATED: Large tracts of agriculture land is flooded at Kashinkunti village in Muddebihal taluk following heavy discharge from the Alamatti dam on Tuesday.
INUNDATED: Large tracts of agriculture land is flooded at Kashinkunti village in Muddebihal taluk following heavy discharge from the Alamatti dam on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

Dasur village was marooned, forcing people to return to temporary sheds

BIJAPUR: As expected the Bhima swelled above the danger mark flooding large tracts of agriculture land along the river in Indi and Sindagi taluks on Tuesday. Dasur village was marooned forcing people to return to temporary sheds. After the river receded on Friday most of the 202 affected families returned to their houses. As the village is prone to frequent floods, the Government has taken steps to relocate people to high altitude places. Work on creating civil infrastructures is almost over but there is no progress in the construction of individual houses owing to lack of funds. Sources said a boat was pressed into service as the approach to residential area had been inundated since afternoon. In all, 15 boats including 12 country-made boats were provided to different flood-affected villages. The gauging at Takli village on the State border with Maharashtra showed the flow-level at 10.4 metres. It is expected to touch 12 metres by Wednesday. Discharge from Maharashtra reservoirs including Ujani has crossed 2.6 lakh cusecs. Besides, an additional quantum of 40 to 50 thousand cusecs from small rivers and rivulets downstream is flowing into the Bhima. The authorities continued to sound a red alert along the river course.

However, the upper riparian State has started releasing water from Koyna, Warna and other reservoirs since Sunday morning in the wake of heavy downpour in the Western Ghats. Its effect is expected in Bijapur and Bagalkot districts by Wednesday. Deputy Commissioner (Bagalkot) G.N. Nayak told The Hindu that the situation would be more serious this time than in the last 10 days.

However, the district administration was geared up to face any eventuality. Already 3,010 people have taken shelter in relief camps. Foodgrain and other essential commodities had been stocked, he added.

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