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Water Levels Rise in Netravathi River and Dams in Dakshina Kannada


Following scattered rains across interior parts of Dakshina Kannada, there has been a slight increase in the inflow of water into the Netravathi River, as well as into the vented dam of the Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC). The urban local body is closely monitoring the situation to make decisions regarding water supply rationing, which is currently in effect in the city.


Despite consistent pumping of an average of 150 MLD of water, the water level in Thumbe has remained stable over the past two days. However, the water level in the upstream AMR dam has risen by more than one meter, standing at 18.4m against a maximum storage capacity of 18.9m on Monday, compared to 17.1m on Sunday.

The water level in the Thumbe vented dam is at 3.4m, well below its maximum level of 6m. Normally, the dam experiences an average daily decrease of 5-6cm, but officials note that the water level has not decreased recently.

In response to the increased water level in the AMR dam, the excess water will be released downstream to the Thumbe dam. An order has been issued to release the excess water while maintaining the water level in the AMR dam at 17m, according to additional deputy commissioner G Santhosh Kumar.

Rainfall was observed across various parts of the DK district, with Moodbidri receiving the highest rainfall of 72.6mm in the last 24 hours, followed by other areas like Ubaradka Mithuru, Noojibalthila, Kotekar, Aranthodu, Padupanambur, and Pandeshwara.

The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre forecasts scattered to widespread light to moderate rains, along with isolated heavy rains accompanied by thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds over south interior Karnataka, Malnad, and coastal districts.

Additionally, rainfall in Subrahmanya has led to an increase in the water level of the Kumaradhara River, subsequently contributing to the rise in the Nethravathi River’s water level in Uppinangady.

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