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Friday, December 08 2023

Vijayapura: Rains in Maharashtra, Krishna- Bheema rivers overflow

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Vijayapura: The Krishna – Bheema rivers in Vijayapura District are facing the threat of flooding due to heavy
rains in the State.

In neighbouring Maharashtra, heavy rains have increased and the Ujani and Veer reservoirs in the State are full and the outflow has swelled resulting in the release of huge quantities of water into the Bhima River.

As many as 2,16,600 cusecs of water is flowing into Bheema river from Ujani and Veer Reservoirs in Maharashtra.

Parallel bunds in Maharashtra and Karnataka have been submerged. The water has also started entering the fields along the banks of the river and the crops are getting waterlogged.

Thousands of pump sets put up by farmers on the banks of the Bheema River to get water for agriculture have been submerged and washed away by the floods. Eight bunds built across the Bheema River in the vicinity of Karnataka and Maharashtra have been submerged.

Shiranala-Auj, Govindpura-Bandarakavate, Hingani-Algi, Chanegaon-Barur, Umarani-Lavagi, Padanur-Khanapur, Hilli-Gubbewada barrages have been inundated and submerged.

The District Administration has appealed to the public not to venture into the banks of the Bheema River as a flood warning is being issued in the villages along the banks of the River.

On the other hand, the Krishna River is also overflowing due to heavy rains in Maharashtra and the inflow into Lal Bahadur Shastri Reservoir near Alamatti in Nidagundi Taluk of the District has increased through various reservoirs and bunds, including Koyna.

The inflow into Basava Sagar Reservoir, built on the border of Yadgir-Raichur Districts through the Krishna River Basin, has increased. There is an inflow of 70,000 cusecs into the Alamatti Shastri Reservoir and 1.20 lakh cusecs of water is being released into the Krishna River through 26 crest gates.

The 519.60-metre-high Shastri Reservoir has a storage of 519.54 metres of water and there is a possibility of an increase in inflow and outflow. Hence, a flood situation is expected to prevail in the Krishna River.

As a result, the officials of the Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam have warned the public and cattle in residential areas on the banks of River Krishna not to venture into the River bank.

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