Belagavi: In the wake of heavy rains coupled with heavy discharges from reservoirs in Maharashtra sparking flood fears, an alert has been sounded in the Krishna basin districts of Karnataka.
Meanwhile, incessant rains in Maharashtra and Belagavi district have resulted in suspension of traffic on Pune – Bengaluru National Highway (NH 4).
NH 4 near Yamagarani in Nippani taluk and Karnataka Maharashtra border area Kagal have been inundated in rain water.
According to police sources, NH 4 closed at Sankeshwar and water entered into the IBP petrol bunk and currently the bunk is in 5 feet water. Vehicular movement has stopped between Sankeswar and Maharashtra. police sources said.
Kanakumbi in Khanapur, where the Malaprabha river originates, has recorded a spine-chilling 52 cm (520 mm)
of rain in the last 24 hours (ending 8 am ), according to Belagavi sub-division assistant commissioner Ravindra Karalingannavar.
NDRF personnel and the police evacuated more than 300 residents of the flooded areas in Sankeshwar and Nippani to shelters.
A flood alert has been issued to the villages on the banks of swollen Krishna river in Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts. Meanwhile, incessant showers have filled most of the water bodies in Dharwad and Gadag districts.
As many as on 37 bridges were inundated due to heavy water flow over the bridges vide a press note issued by the district administration.
Detailing the inundated bridges, the press note said that 14 villages , Hukkeri 10, Nippani 4, Chikodi,Gokak and Belagavi 3 each, and one in Raibag taluka the road communication was disrupted. Alternate arrangements were in all the places except Khanapur.
Heavy rainfall continued at Maharashtra catchment areas and heavy water coming to Krishna, Vedganga, Dudganga rivers, The inflow of water from Rajapur barrage and Doodhaganga river into Krishna river was more than 1,50,000 cusecs of water today.
Today, the inflow of water at Alamatti dam was 158720 cusecs while out flow was 3,00,000 cusecs. Narayanpur Dam inflow 2,29,825 cusecs outflow is 300900.
Detailing damage due to flooding, the press note said that 51 villages were affected where in 223 houses were partially damaged, 5056 persons were evacuated and 1890 persons were sheltered in 26 care centers.
The water level is increasing in almost all rivers like Malaprabha, Gataprabha, Markandeya, Hiranyakeshi due to heavy rain in the district and heavy water discharged from Hidkal, Navilteerth dams since Yesterday.
Water entered low-lying places of residential areas in Gokak, Sankeswar, Belagavi, Kanapur and many other places in the district. Many affected family members shifted to safety places for precaution in Gokak.
District administration has taken all precautionary measures.