Staff Correspondent

First case of death reported from Raibag taluk

Belgaum: With inflow into the Krishna from Maharashtra coming down during last four days, there is a relative relief in the flood situation in villages affected by floods in the river, even as the first case of death was reported from Raibag taluk on Monday. Yet, of the 69 villages affected by the floods in Chikkodi, Athani, Gokak and Raibag taluks, 53 villages are fully surrounded by water.

Devendrappa Hanmappa Patrot alias Waddar was drowned in the river. The body was recovered on Monday.

The district administration, in a release here on Monday, hinted at a loss of Rs. 143.58 crore. However, except brief figures on loss due to collapse of 253 houses accounting for Rs. 25.52 lakh, other details are not available. The loss to crops in agricultural lands covering an area of 56,706 hectares could be estimated only after the water level receded, the release stated.

So far, 5,597 families and 13,304 head of cattle affected by floods have been shifted to safety. As many as 4,424 people have been provided shelter and food in 16 relief camps. Fodder has also been arranged for the cattle.

Meanwhile, the cumulative release from Koyna Dam and other reservoirs in Maharastra into the river on Monday was 1,57,771 cusecs while 2,66,984 cusecs of water is being released from the Alamatti Dam.