Mangaluru: Heavy rainfall was reported in various part of Karnataka.
In Dakshina Kannada the meterological department has declared red alert till Friday morning and orange alert till 8:30 am on Saturday July 24. Yellow alert has been announced from July 24 to 27. The IMD has warned the possibility of the region getting heavy rainfall coupled with strong wind.
The Beltangady police have erected barricades and restricted traffic movement of heavy vehicles. Beltangady tahsildar G Mahesh, circle inspector Shivakumar and sub-inspector Krishnakanth visited the spot.landslides were reported on the 6th curve of Charmadi Ghat on Friday July 23.
Due to landslides on Shiradi Ghat, vehicular movement on the Bengaluru-Mangaluru highway has been hit and diverted via Charmadi Ghat.
Similarly, Due to the heavy rainfall in Uttar Kannada Kadra- Kodasalli dams are nearly full. So 42,175 Cusecs water has been discharged to Kali River. 34.50 Meter is the maximum capacity of Kadra Dam and on Friday afternoon water level reached 30.67 meter. Keeping in view of safety through 8 gates twice the water has been released to kali river. Both Kadra and Kodasalli dams have seen good inflow owing to incessant showers in its catchement, which caused the panic among localities.
In the same way due to the heavy lashes River Tunga has reached maximum lever and oppostion leader of city corporation Yamuna Rangegowda urged the city corporation to take effective precautionary measures.
She said, amid heavy rainfall huge amount of water will be discharged and it will rush into Vidya nagar area. Last year this caused flood in Vidya Nagar. Many people lost their homes and it was very difficult for the city corporation to shift the people during floods. So this time she urged City corporation must undertake precautionary measures.
The incessant rains lashing in Maharashtra and in Western Ghats have substantially increased the inflow into Almatti dam which has forced the officials of Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL) to open 24 of 26 gates to discharge the water from the dam.
While on Thursday, the officials released 1.30 lakh cusecs of water, on Friday, 1.17 lakh cusecs of water discharged from the dam.
The officials also recorded an inflow of 81,000 cusecs on Friday. In the last twenty four hours, over 1.5 lakh cusecs of water have already been discharged.
As a precautionary measure, the outflow has been increased from the dam, the officials said.
Though the total maximum water level at the dam is 519.60 meters, for precautions, the water level has been maintained at 517.50 meters.
Since the rains have continued to lash Western Ghats and in Krishna basin, the discharge from the dam is expected to continue for some more time.
Making it clear that as of now no flood like situation has arrived as the water level is under the limit, the officials however said that they are keenly monitoring the situation.
“ We are also in touch with the officials of Maharashtra over the release of water from their dams such as Koyna. We have asked them to keep us updated about any discharging of water from their dams so that we can make necessary preparations to deal with any situation to prevent damage to lives of properties here”, the officials said.
With the inputs by: Deepak Attavale, Srinivas Baadkar, Ismail Kutty, Firoz Rozindar