Mandya/Kodagu/Hassan/Shimoga, August 3: The Cauvery is in spate and there is a fresh threat of floods looming large over villages in the vicinity of the Krishnaraja Sagar reservoir (KRS) near Srirangapatna. Paschima Vahini, Saibaba temple, Wellesley Bridge in Srirangapatna and Ranaganathittu bird sanctuary were inundated on Friday.
A team of district officials identified “15 weak and vulnerable points on the bank of the Cauvery”. The team, led by Mandya Superintendent of Police Borase Bhushan Gulabrao, has decided to shift the residents of Enne Hole village to safer places if the situation worsens. “We have decided to shift all the 1,500 residents of Enne Hole to Chaluvarasana Koppalu and Kyathana Halli,” Mr. Gulabrao told The Hindu.
The water-level in the KRS stood at 124 ft on Friday. The inflow was at the rate of 69,888 cusecs and outflow was at the rate of 88,446 cusecs at 6.30 p.m. on Friday.
Rain pounds Kodagu
Rain fury continued in Kodagu on Friday damaging 24 houses in just a day. Roads were damaged, electricity poles fell and movement of people and vehicles in the district was hit.
People living close to the Cauvery and the Lakshmanatirtha river banks have been asked to shift to safer places or to gruel centres. Movement of heavy vehicles has been banned on the Madikeri-Sunticoppa Road at Kathlekad and Madikeri-Sampaje Road at Koinad as the roads have been damaged due to incessant rainfall.
Many places in Virajpet taluk continue to remain inundated.
Road link affected
Even in Sakleshpur in Hassan district, the situation was no different. The taluk received heavy rain in the last two days because of which road connectivity was affected and a few villages are in darkness as many electricity poles have been damaged.
People have been forced to remain indoors. Many commercial establishments on B.M. Road and Azad Road have been flooded.
The Mangalore-Bangalore day train was detained for two hours in Sakleshpur on Thursday as the ground below the railway track near Ballupete caved in due to heavy rains. C.M. Ranganath, Senior Divisional Engineer of Mysore Division, said that the track was restored by evening and movement of trains resumed.
Deputy Commissioner Anbukkumar said that a 24-hour helpline (08173-244004) has been set up in Sakleshpur to attend to any complaints regarding rains in the taluk.
The Hemavati reservoir at Goruru in Hassan taluk has recorded a total inflow of over 50 tmcft of water since June this year. “The increase in the inflow has forced us to open the crest gates to release water. Since Thursday evening, we have been discharging water at the rate of 50,000 cusecs”, said G.T. Venkatesh, Executive Engineer (Hemavati Division). The inflow was at the rate of 37,738 cusecs at 6 a.m. on Friday. The water-level in the Hemavati touched 2,922 ft.
Chikmagalur continued to receive heavy rains on Friday. Kottigehara in Mudigere taluk received 266.6 mm rainfall on Thursday.
Wall collapse claims one
A man identified as Papaiah (57), construction worker, died after a wall of his house collapsed following heavy rains at Ambedkar Nagar in N.R. Pura town in Chikmagalur district on Thursday night. N.R. Pura taluk tahsildar handed over a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh to the family members Papaiah on Friday.
In Shimoga also, heavy rain damaged standing crops and property.
Water at the rate of 60,121 cusecs was being discharged from the Bhadra reservoir. Kavalagundi, Yakin Shah Colony and Gundo Rao Colony in Bhadravathi city are inundated. The taluk administration shifted 90 families from these localities to gruel centres.
The Bhadra canal has breached near Navule-Basapura village due to which standing crop in more than 50 acres of land has been damaged. In Bhadravathi taluk, 100 houses have been damaged due to rain from past one week. Water-level in the Linganamakki reservoir stood at 1,816.50 ft against the full reservoir level of 1,819 ft.