Low-lying villages near the Cauvery in Kollegal taluk are facing flood threat following the release of 93,000 cusecs from the Kabini and KRS reservoirs. At least six villages in the region and the islet village of Edakuria may be inundated if the Cauvery Niravari Nigam Ltd. (CNNL) officials decide to increase the outflow.

The district administration declared a state of high alert in the islet village; Hale Hampapura; Hale Anagalli; Dasanapura; Sathegala; and Mullur villages.

Assistant Commissioner of Kollegal division H.S. Satish Babu and Kollegal tahsildar Maligaiah along with revenue officials visited those villages.

A police battalion would be stationed there along with officials from the Revenue Department, the officials said.

Lifejackets would be provided to Edakuria villagers. He also instructed Chescom staff to monitor the situation to avoid untoward incidents.

Hanur MLA R. Narendra instructed Revenue Department officials to submit a report on shifting villagers to safer places.

Edakuria villagers requested that he arrange for a bridge to be built across the Cauvery. Edakuria has 91 families with a total population of 520.

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