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Vijayapura: Inflow almost stops in Almatti Dam due to weaker monsoon

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Vijayapura: Despite the inflow into Almatti Dam starting from May 21 itself, the dam has not been filled up even in the first week of July.

Though the inflow started a bit early this year, the inflow has completely stopped by June 19. Due to rains taking place in Western Ghats of Maharashtra, the dam recorded inflow of 12684 cusecs.

The Almatti dam, which has the total storage capacity of 123 TMC, now has  about 50 TMCFT of water in the dam.
In the last year by this time, the dam had over 90 TMCFT of water.

Compared to last year, this year, the rainfall in Krishna Basin is limited. The official said that this year, the basin has received less than half of the average rainfall for the month of June.

The sources said that all the dams under Krishna basin including Koyna of Maharashtra have just about 15 % water storage. Though the Western Ghats received some rains last week, the quantity is below expectation.

The officials said that if the rains get intense in the basin at least for ten days, only then the inflow into the dam will increase and may be will fill upto the brim quickly.
The officials added that the inflow into Almatti Dam will increase if the inflow in Rajapur barrage crosses 50,000 cusecs.

Amid this, the officials of Maharashtra and Karnataka have held a flood management meeting in Mumbai, recently. In the past the coordination meeting of the officials of the Water Resources Department of Belagavi, Bagalakote, and Sangli of Maharashtra was also held.

The officials reportedly shared the steps taken to prevent possible floods in case of heavy rains. The officials have also been sharing the details of water level everyday on their WhatsApp group, the sources said.

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