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Inundated: People ferrying in a country boat on the road between Shimoga and Tirthahalli which was flooded by the Tunga at Mandagadde on Thursday.
Inundated: People ferrying in a country boat on the road between Shimoga and Tirthahalli which was flooded by the Tunga at Mandagadde on Thursday.

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Residents of several low-lying areas shifted to safe places; gruel centres set up

Linganamakki Reservoir records inflow of

1.13 lakh cusecs

Shimoga-Tirthahalli road has been closed for vehicular traffic

SHIMOGA: Incessant rain in the last 24 hours has paralysed life in some parts of Shimoga district.

While low-lying areas, particularly in Shimoga city, were inundated on Thursday, water-level in major reservoirs have increased posing a threat to people residing on the banks of rivers.

The water-level in the Linganamakki Reservoir, the main reservoir of the Sharavathi Hydel Project, stood at 1,785.5 ft on Thursday as against the maximum level of 1,819 ft.

The reservoir recorded an inflow of 1.13 lakh cusecs, the highest ever recorded for this season, as its catchment area recorded 146.2 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Residents of low-lying areas such as Imam Bada, Kumbaragundi and Seegehatti in Shimoga city were shifted to JPN School and the government school on Ravi Varma road as the Tunga water started entering their houses. Forty houses were marooned in Imam Bada.

Nearly 60 families were shifted to safe places in Mandagadde, Tudur and Shivarajpur in Tirthahalli taluk as water-level in the Tunga increased. The water-level in likely to go up further as Sringeri, Koppa and N.R. Pura in Chikmagalur district and Tirthahalli in Shimoga district, which are in the upstream of the river, are receiving heavy rain. Similarly, water-level in the

Sharavathi is increasing steadily as Hosnagar and Sagar taluks are receiving heavy rain. Mastikatte in Hosnagar taluk received 310 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours, the highest ever rainfall recorded in the district. Agumbe in Tirthahalli taluk received 262 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours while Tirthahalli received 173 mm rainfall in the same period.

Residents of low-lying areas in Sorab taluk which were inundated by the rainwater were shifted to safe places. The district administration has opened gruel centres in the affected areas.

Andige village in Sorab taluk has virtually become an island as a tank breached and water entered the village. Two houses have collapsed in the village. Road links to Alavalli and Yalawal in Jade hobli in Sorab taluk were cut off following heavy rain.

Shimoga-Tirthahalli road has been closed for vehicular traffic as the Tunga water was flowing on the road at Mandagadde. Some houses in Gundappa Shed in Shimoga city were marooned. Masur-Shikaripur road, Shikaripur-Shiralkoppa road and Anavatti-Chandragutti road were also flooded by rainwater.

Deputy Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey has instructed staff members of the Revenue Department and city municipal council to take precautionary steps.

Holiday for schools

He has declared holiday for all schools and pre-university colleges in the district on Friday and Saturday as a precautionary measure.

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