Karnataka

Raichur continues to face floods

Flood waters that entered an agricultural field near Kollur village in Yadgir on Thursday.

Flood waters that entered an agricultural field near Kollur village in Yadgir on Thursday.  

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Road connectivity cut off as several bridges remain under water

Raichur district continued to face floods with the Krishna flowing with a high quantum of water even on Thursday. Several bridges, including Huvinadagi-Kollur, which connects Raichur district with Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts, remained submerged under the river waters.

Meanwhile, officials of Krishna Bhagya Jala Nigam Limited discharged 3.11 lakh cusecs of water from the Basavasagar reservoir at Narayanpur in Hunsagi taluk of Yadgir district into the Krishna river course. By 2 p.m., 3.10 lakh cusecs was the inflow at the reservoir and the water level stands at 491.08 m against the full reservoir level of 492.25 m.

A bridge near Sheelahalli in Lingsugur taluk was also submerged cutting off road connectivity between Kadadarahalli and Yaragodi. The other key bridges constructed near Gurjapur, Yaragodi, Jaladurga and Googal are facing the threat of being submerged as the water is flowing is very close to them. Therefore, the authorities have put up barricades near the bridges preventing people from going near them, sources said.

As many as 72 villages are located on the Krishna river bank and of them, 17 are in Raichur taluk followed by 42 in Deodurg taluk and 13 in Lingsugur taluk. A total of 82,168 people from 15,018 families are residing in these 72 villages. And, 1,049 people from 302 families are residing in the six islands of Omkaradoddi, Madaragaddi, Karakalagudda, Kurvakula, Agrahara and Kurvakurda which have almost been surrounded by the flood waters.

Hence, the district administration has deployed Revenue, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, Police and Fire and Emergency Services personnel and other department officials to attend to emergency calls from these islanders ensuring their safety. The village residents have said that Krishna flood waters have entered a temple premises, a hotel and also shops near the temple near Googal bridge in Deodurg taluk.

To attend the people’s grievances, the Raichur district administration has taken all possible and necessary action to rescue them and protect them from flood damage. As many as 32 people from Chinchodi, Anjala and Googal villages have been evacuated to safety.

As many as three rubber boats fully equipped with material and rescue teams and 42 other department staff have been kept ready at Deodurg, Lingsugur and Raichur to reach stranded people immediately after receiving information. This apart, 24 nodal officers have already been deployed in flood-affected villages.

In Yadgir district, several hundreds of agriculture land with crops have been damaged after flood waters entered fields at Kollur and other surrounding villages on river bank in Shahapur taluk.

Both Raichur and Yadgir district administration have already issued an alert cautioning villagers on the river banks not to venture into the river course.

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