Chamarajanagara: The incessant rainfall since three days in district has created havoc and pushed farmers into more trouble. The Suvarnavati River, lake embankments and Kabini Canals are overflowing due to torrential rains that have been pouring in the District creating flood-like situation.
Nallurmole Village of Chamarajanagara Taluk, Kandahalli of Yalandur Taluk, Ganiganur, Yariyur, Amble and Maddur Villages around Nallurumole in Chamarajanagar Taluk have been flooded, causing fear of crop destruction. Water has entered into many houses.
According to the information provided by the Meteorological Department, the District has received an average of 2.5 cm of rain on the night of Saturday August 27, while 4.4 cm of rain in Chamarajanagar Taluk and 4.1 cm in Yalandur Taluk, respectively. Reservoirs and lakes are filled to maximum level due to rainfall. Due to the rain again, the lakes have started to overflow.
Nalluramole Village of Chamarajanagara Taluk has literally become a lake. Lake water has entered the town. More than 20 houses were flooded on the night of Friday. Cattle sheds were damaged. Many villages of Yalandur Taluk were flooded on Saturday evening. The increased rain water in the hills is flowing to the forest edge reservoirs. Kabini Canal is overflowing and most of the water is entering the lake and canals. The canals connecting the lakes have broken and flowed into the fields. Banana, coconut, sugarcane and leaf plantations have been submerged.
“In the evening, the water flow towards the village is increasing. Some houses were flooded. Sewage water has combined with field and paddy water to create unsanitary conditions around the village. There is a fear of insects entering the room. More than 50 residents living in lower areas are worried that water may enter houses. Due to the increase in humidity, the mud walls are crumbling and there is a risk of falling. If it rains, we have to stay awake all night,” said Puttaswamy, Villager of Kandahalli Village.
In Ganiganur Village there is fear again. Many families were affected by the last flood. The Government had rehabilitated them. However, due to the increased flood in the river, the agricultural land at the planting stage has been flooded.
Ganiganur Villagers said that last time, a cement revetment was built around the agricultural land across the agriculture land, which collapsed due to rain. Millions of rupees have been lost due to this. The reason for this is poor quality work, they alleged.
The canal connecting to Ambale Lake has overflowed. The broken canal was not repaired. Hence, increased water seepage has damaged many crops.
Villager Jayashekar in Goolipura Complained that there has been a lot of damage to the coconut and areca plantations and urged for suitable compensation.
Kuderu Government High School campus in Santhemaralli was flooded due to continuous rain. Water also seeped into the rooms, and disrupted teaching. There is a condition where it is not possible to walk in the school premises. Due to this, students are reluctant to come to
school. The school has 14 rooms and has 350 students. The school rooms have reached a dilapidated state due to rain. The roof is leaking and water is dripping from the walls. This has created a situation where students are taking lessons at risk.
The parents complained that although they brought the matter to the attention of the representatives and authorities, no one paid any attention.
A lake was burst in Yargamballi, a village near forest in Yalandur Taluk. As a result of huge amount of water flow, the pumpset, coconut plantation and saplings has submerged.
Due to this, tomato, cabbage and other crops have reached the stage of rotting. A huge amount of water has filled the fields around Uppinamole, and Gumballi.
The lake was full and the dams are breaking. This has created a fear that the reservoirs, which were full after 20 years, will be drained again, said villager Yargamballi Basavaraja.
A total of 1,600 cusecs of water is being released as the twin reservoirs of Chamarajanagar Taluk namely Suvarnavati and Chikkahole have been filled again. Due to this, the amount of water in river and lake embankments has increased.
Cauvery Neeravari Nigama Limited Executive Engineer M. Manjunath informed that there has been heavy rain in the Bedaguli area and water is flowing into the reservoirs in a huge scale. In all 1,400 cusecs from Suvarnavati Reservoir and 200 cusecs from Chikkahole Reservoir has been released into river in view of the safety of reservoirs.