Belgaum, August 3;Water inflow into the State from Maharashtra increased by over 25,000 cusecs on Saturday. Since a week, low rainfall and reduced discharge of water from the reservoirs in the neighbouring State had eased the flood situation with water levels in River Krishna and its tributaries receding.
The inflow increased to 1.98 lakh cusecs on Saturday, renewing the threat of floods.
Water inflow into the State from Rajapur barrage in Maharashtra increased to 1.7 lakh cusecs and into River Doodhganga to 28,366 cusecs. Water discharge from Hippargi barrage was 2.04 lakh and from Almatti dam, it was 1.47 lakh cusecs.
Heavy rains in the catchment areas of River Krishna and its tributaries and increased discharge from Koyna and other reservoirs have led to the increased inflow into the State.
A total of 15 roads/bridges/barrages continued to remain submerged under the waters of River Krishna, Doodhganga and Vedganga for the second week. Shinglapur bridge across River Ghataprabha in Gokak and Sultanpur bridge in Hukkeri that had been opened for traffic submerged under river water again on Friday.
In Haveri district
Four villages in Haveri and Ranebennur taluks in the district were cut off from the rest of the world as the roads connecting them were flooded on Saturday. More than 15 other villages face the threat of floods. The district administration has advised people in low-lying areas to move to safer places. Six gruel centres have been opened in the district for those affected.
A total of 60,000 cusecs of water each was released from the Tunga and Bhadra reservoirs into the Tungabhadra river. Cotton and maize crops were damaged on a large scale in Ranebennur taluk.
The Bhadra reservoir has reached the brim. Water entered the low-lying areas in Bhadravathi city and elsewhere in the taluk. The new bridge in Bhadravathi has been submerged, throwing traffic out of gear. The water release from the dam has led to floods some villages of Harihar, Honnali and Harapanahalli taluks of Davangere district.
Heavy rain that has been lashing across Kodagu district receded on Saturday. Madikeri, Somwarpet, Kodlipet and Shanthalli received average rainfall. However, rainfall continued to lash Somwarpet taluk.
Paddy fields have been flooded, leaving farmers in fear of losing their crops.
About 10 houses have been damaged in the last 24 hours. The inflow of water into Harangi reservoir was 10,368 cusecs and the outflow was 7,834 cusecs. About 775 cusecs water is being released into the canals.
Rainfall receded in Chikmagalur district as well. A few houses have been damaged in Mudigere taluk.