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Heavy rain in catchment areas of reservoirs

Heavy rainfall has been lashing the entire Kodagu since Sunday paralysing normal life in the district even as major rivers Cauvery and Lakshmanateertha are in spate threatening to flood the low-lying areas.

A few houses have collapsed. Water from the Lakshmanateertha and Kakkattu rivers have entered certain villages in Srimangala and T. Shettigeri areas and vast areas of paddy fields and coffee plantations have been inundated. Some people who were stranded at some houses were rescued by the river rafting team members in Srimangala on Monday. Inflow has increased into Irpu river at Irpu falls following heavy rainfall.

Flood water entered several houses downstream of Irpu falls forcing the people asleep on Sunday night to scamper to safety.

Inflow into the Harangi reservoir on Monday was at 3,628 cusecs. The water-level at Harangi reservoir on Monday was 2,857.12 ft as against the full reservoir level of 2859 ft.

Kodagu has received an average rainfall of 1,088.82 mm this year till morning of August 6 as against last year’s 1,833 mm during the same period.

The water-level at Kabini on Monday stood at 2,277.35 ft as against the maximum of 2,284 feet.

Crop damaged

Hassan Staff Correspondent reports:

Incessant rain on Monday in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district has affected normal life and caused loss of property and agricultural crops. Many trees fell in the rain disrupting vehicular movement on Bangalore-Mangalore Road passing through Shiradi Ghat.Many farmers, particularly in Hanabalu and surrounding villages in Sakleshpur taluk, complained of loss of standing paddy crop due to heavy downpour. Tahsildar Chandramma told The Hindu that several farmers had complained of crop loss. “As per the norms, the government can grant relief to the loss of standing crop. Our village accountants and revenue inspectors will submit a detailed report on the loss of crop due to heavy rainfall”, she said.

Sakleshpur taluk received 115.4 mm of rainfall on Monday. The rainfall recorded in other taluks in the district is as follows: Alur 11.2 mm, Arkalgud 10.2 mm, Belur 4.6 mm, Hassan 2.8 mm and Holenarasipur 2.2 mm. There was no rainfall on Monday in Arsikere and Channarayapatna taluks.

The rain in Malnad region has impacted storage in Hemavati reservoir at Goruru. As on Monday, the water-level stood at 2,902.20 ft as against the full reservoir level of 2,922 ft. The same day last year, water-level stood at 2,916.86 ft. The inflow on Monday was at 20,843 cusecs.

Life affected

Shimoga Staff Correspondent reports: Heavy rainfall in Shimoga district on Monday affected normal life. Water-level in Linganamakki reservoir was at 1,779 ft as against the maximum level of 1,819 ft. Inflow was at 47,563 cusecs.

Bhadra reservoir had 150.10 feet water on Monday against the maximum level of 186 feet. Inflow was at 13,911 cusecs.

Rivers rise

Belgaum Staff Correspondent reports: Due to rainfall in the catchment areas in the upstream in Maharashtra, Krishna, Malaprabha, Ghataprabha and Markandeya rivers flowing through the district have risen over the past week. Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar said the district administration was continuously monitoring water being released from Maharashtra into Krishna river. Sources said that the water-level at Alamatti dam on Monday was at 518.60 m as against the full reservoir level of 519.60 m.

About two or three old bridges in Khanapur taluk have been damaged affecting vehicular movement, said Mr. Anbukkumar.

Koyna release

Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports: With the continuous release of water by Maharashtra from Koyna and other dams, inflow at the Alamatti was at 90,000 cusecs while the outflow was at 30,000 cusecs, according to the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL).

Power generation

Following the increase in inflow, the Alamatti power generation unit has resumed production. The unit is already generating 190 MW of power while the total capacity is 290 MW. The generated power is being transmitted to KPTCL grid at Basavanabage

wadi-Mahalingpur.