Vijayapura: The incessant rains have caused heavy damage in the District. The rains have flooded scores of houses and private establishments in parts of Vijayapura City.
The City has reported one of the wettest days in this year due to severe rains on Saturday September 10. The City alone has recorded a rainfall of 54.2 mm in the last 24 hours. This is the highest rainfall recorded in the monsoon in the City. Meanwhile, the average rainfall was 12.70 mm in the District.
The heavy rain has submerged houses in low-lying areas mainly in Harini-Shikari Colony, near Apsara Theatre and private establishments in Tipu Sultan Circle, Meenakshi Chowk and other business areas in the City. However, the water was pumped soon after the rain stopped.
The District Administration has reported that no casualties were reported due to rainfall in any part of the District. ”The District is expected to receive moderate to heavy rain coupled with thunderstorms for another week,” claimed India Meteorological Department.
According to the District Administration, “A total of 39 houses either partially or fully collapsed due to rain in the last 24 hours. Among them 12 houses have collapsed in Basavana Bagewadi, seven houses in Bableshwar, five houses in Nidagundi and remaining houses in other talukas. As many as 45 houses were inundated in the City. The crop loss survey will be finished soon after the rain takes a break.”
With a huge quantity of water being released from Ujjani Dam, which is in Maharashtra, the flood threat looming large in the villages that are located alongside Bheema River in Vijayapura. The villages of Sindagi, Almel, Chadachan and Indi have been issued flood alerts.
This is for the second time, in the span of one month, the villages in Bheema River belt are facing flood warnings. A month ago, these areas were facing the flood threats. However, the coordination between the officials of Karnataka and Maharashtra helped to tackle floods with proper water management.
The District Administration has cautioned the people not to venture near the river until further orders. The authorities have also suspended the traffic on a couple of bridges, which are built against Bheema River, connecting neighbouring state Maharashtra.
As Doni River is flowing in full spate the traffic between Talikote and Vijayapura has been suspended as the bridge developed against the river has been submerged completely. The heavy vehicles and state-operated buses were forced to operate on alternative routes.
Deputy Commissioner Vijayamahantesh B. D., said that, “The District is receiving heavy rain for the past 48 hours. We have made a necessary accommodation arrangement for those families, where their houses remain inundated, at a hostel. However, people opted to stay in their houses. We are closely watching the weather forecast and situation in the City”
“With regard to the increase in water levels in Bheema River, we are in contact with officials of the neighbouring state and regulating the inflow and outflow from Ujjani Dam. Even the huge quantity of water is being released from Sona Barrage. There is a very rare possibility of flooding in the Bheema River belt. The officials have been directed to take necessary measures to tackle the floods and address the grievances of people residing in low-lying areas,” added DC Vijayamahantesh.