Kalaburagi: Due to heavy rain in the catchment area of Bhima in Maharashtra, an unprecedented 8.10 lakh cusecs of water was released into Bhima River from Sonna barrage on Saturday. The swollen Bhima has damaged houses, road infrastructure and power lines in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura and Yadgir districts.
Although rain intensity has come down in Kalyan Karnataka and the undivided Vijayapura and Belagavi districts, the flood situation remained grim in the region.
A heavy discharge of water from Veer and Ujani dams in Maharashtra and Sonna barrage in Afzalpur has triggered flood threat in over 100 villages in Chittapur, Afzalpur, Jewargi and Shahabad taluks.
Most of the villages and towns, including the industrial town Wadi, have plunged into darkness for the past three days following the heavy showers which brought down power lines in the region. The Buddhist sites Sannati and Kanaganahalli, and Chandrala Parameshwari temple in Chittapur taluk have gone under Bhima waters.
The road connectivity between Kalaburagi-Sedam, Chincholi-Bidar and Sedam-Chittapur has been cut off.
With Bhima River flowing above the danger mark, the vehicular movement on the busy Vijayapura-Solapur national highway has been stopped.
Meanwhile, the state government has dispatched two helicopters to manage the flood situation in Bidar, Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Raichur districts, official sources added.