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Flood alert sounded along Hemavati

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The ruins of the Holy Rosary Church submerged in the backwaters of the Hemavati reservoir. Water-level in the reservoir on Wednesday stood at 2,917.66 ft against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft.— Photo: Prakash Hassan
The ruins of the Holy Rosary Church submerged in the backwaters of the Hemavati reservoir. Water-level in the reservoir on Wednesday stood at 2,917.66 ft against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft.— Photo: Prakash Hassan

The Hemavati Reservoir Division of the Water Resources Department has issued flood alert and asked those residing along the river banks to move to safe places as the crest gates of the reservoir may be opened anytime.

At 6 a.m. on Wednesday, water-level in the reservoir stood at 2,917.66 ft against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft.

The storage in the reservoir was 33.012 tmcft against the maximum capacity of 37.103 tmcft. Inflow into the reservoir was at 17,697 cusecs.

The Executive Engineer of the Hemavati project said in a press release on Tuesday that water-level in the reservoir had been increasing following heavy rain in the catchment area. The crest gates could be opened anytime to release water to the river. Those living close to the river banks should relocate to safe place, he said.

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