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Heavy rain lashes Belgaum, bridges remain submerged

Special Correspondent
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Normal life remained affected due to unabated rainfall in the upper regions of the Krishna basin in Maharashtra, particularly in the Koyna catchment area, and other parts of the district.

Ten bridges remain submerged and have low-lying areas have become water-logged. Six more houses partially collapsed during the last twenty four hours in the district but there was no loss of human life, official sources said here on Wednesday.

Sources said Maharashtra was releasing water at the rate of 1,34,477 cusecs from Rajapur barrage, between Karnataka and Maharashtra border, into the Krishna (outflow from Koyna dam 50,270 cusecs). As a result, downstream Almatti dam was receiving an inflow of 1,21,283 cusecs and the outflow was being kept at 1,29,724 cusecs. The level at the dam was 518.25 m, against the maximum 519.6 m.

Sources said Khanapur taluk continued to receive heavy rainfall, inundating several low-lying areas, including a temple at Habbanatti and the old bridge in the town. Three houses in Baknur and Mache villages of Belgaum taluk, one in Halsi of Khanapur taluk and two in Mudalgi and Vaderatti of Gokak taluk were partially collapsed. The damage has been estimated at Rs. 1.17 lakh.

The Kudachi bridge in Raibag taluk across the Krishna remained submerged for the second day. Other bridges in Chikkodi taluk, which remained submerged, were Kallol-Yadur across the Krishna, Sadalga-Borgaon and Karadga-Bhoj across the confluence of the Vedganga and the Dudhganga; Bhojwadi-Kunnur, Sidnal-Akkol and Jatrat-Bhivashi bridges across the Vedganga and Malikwad-Dattawad bridge across the Dudhganga. The Gokak-Shiglapur bridge across the Ghataprabha also came under water due to further swelling of the river on Wednesday.

Water-levels

The water-level at Rajapur barrage, which was overflowing, was 40.4 ft, against the maximum level of 15 ft. Following are the levels at dams and barrages in the district: Hidkal dam (across Ghataprabha river) – 2138.63 ft (max. 2175 ft), Navilteerth dam (across Malaprabha river) – 2053.7 ft (max. 2079 ft), Kudachi bridge – 528.3 m (max. 531.07 m).

Connectivity

In view of road connectivity being cut off in villages in Chikkodi, Athani and Raibag taluks, including the Kudachi bridge connecting Ugar; Chikkodi MP Ramesh V. Katti, has urged the Railway Department to give stoppage for all Express trains running in Belgaum-Miraj section at Ugar, till the bridges were open for traffic.

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