Flood alert along the Cauvery

Residents of at least 30 villages of Srirangapatna, Pandavapura and K.R. Pet taluks in the district are living in fear of floods as the water levels in the Cauvery and Hemavati are continuously rising.

The Cauvery has been brimming ever since the crest gates of the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) were lifted on Saturday afternoon. The rate of discharge, which began at 20,000 cusecs, was augmented to 81,930 cusecs by Monday evening.

Meanwhile, water is being discharged from the Hemavati reservoir in Hassan at the rate of around 28,800 cusecs. The Hemavati joins the Cauvery in the district after passing through many villages of K.R. Pet.

The water level in the Cauvery has already led to the flooding of islets of the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna. Water has entered houses of priests and others in Paschima Vahini in the same town.

The Sai Baba temple on the outskirts of Srirangapatna, the Gowthama Kshetra Mutt near Doddegowdana Koppalu, and the meditation centre ‘Saidhama’ at Bete Thimmana Koppalu near Pandavapura have also been partially flooded. While Gajanana Swami of Gowthama Kshetra is reluctant to leave, the inmates and maintainers of the other two places have been moved to safer areas, said official sources.

Hundreds of banana, guava and other horticultural crops have been submerged in floodwater in farms near Ganjam at Srirangapatna.

Under threat

According to officials, the villages facing a flood threat are Katte Kyathana Halli, Mambahalli, Enne Hole Koppalu, Srinivasa Agrahara, Chikka Mandagere, Poovana Halli, Chinnanayakana Halli, Mandagere, Doddapalya, Gadde Hosuru, Mahadevapura, Bandi Hole, Somanathapura, Belathur, Sangapura, Mavinakere, Hangarahalli, Varahanatha Kallahalli, Katte Halli, Chikkapalya, and Ambigara Halli.

R. Yashodha, AssistantCommissioner (Revenue), Pandavapura sub-division, told
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that measures are in place to ensure the safety of people and cattle.

A team of National Disaster Response Force personnel is ready in the district while a helipad is being constructed near the Cauvery. Special teams and vigilance squads comprising policemen and officials of revenue, health and other departments have also been formed. Expert swimmers, high-beam torches and searchlights, boats, helmets, life jackets, wireless sets, first aid kits, and other equipment are on hand.

If the situation gets worse, people will be evacuated. They will be provided shelter, food and healthcare facilities at the nearby government schools, an officer said.

A senior revenue officer said an alert has been sounded to people living in low-lying areas to move to safety with their livestock.

Meanwhile, the water level in the KRS stood at 122.77 ft, as against the full reservoir level of 124.8 ft on Monday evening. The inflow and outflow were measured at the rate of 73,036 cusecs and 81,930 cusecs, respectively.

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