Several rivers are in spate following heavy rains hitting many parts of Karnataka, especially villages near the Tunga and Tungabhadra rivers, officials said.
At least one lakh cusecs of water has been released from the Tungabhadra Dam into the Tungabhadra River following heavy torrential rains in the catchment area and a large influx of water in Vijayanagara district.
The Tungabhadra Dam, with a storage capacity of 1,633 feet, already has a water level reaching 1,631 feet. To maintain the balance, one lakh cusecs of water was released which created fear of flooding among the people living in the lower riverine part of the Tungabhadra Dam. The authorities sounded the alarm for the inhabitants of the zones located near the course of the river. Of the 33 floodgates, 30 were opened on Sunday, after which many heritage sites of the Vijayanagara dynasty in Hampi were submerged.
Water resources department sources said Bhadravati, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Krishna, Cauvery, Kabini, Hemavathi, Supa and Varahi, and their subsidiary rivers are in flood. The rivers of coastal Karnataka are also swollen and majority of the dams built on these rivers are overflowing. According to the Department of Meteorology, an area of low pressure over the northwestern Bay of Bengal off the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal has resulted in a depression.
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Heavy rains were reported at Castle Rock, Siddapur, Udupi, Murnadu in Kodagu; Nilkund ARG in Uttara Kannada district; Kota in Udupi district, Mangaluru airport, Somwarpet in Kodagu district; Panambur, Dharmasthala and Belthangadi in Dakshina Kannada; Honavar in Uttara Kannada; Puttur and Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada; Kalasa, Sringeri, Chikkamagaluru and Koppa in Chikkamagaluru, Hunchadakatte in Shivamogga.
“Heavy rains are likely to occur in a few places with very heavy isolated falls over all districts of the Karnataka coast and heavy to very heavy rains are likely to occur in isolated places over the districts of Chikkamagaluru and Kodagu in the southern interior of Karnataka,” the department said in its forecast. The department said heavy rains are likely to occur in isolated locations over Bidar, Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Belagavi, Yadgir, Bagalkote, northern districts of interior Karnataka and over Hassan and Shivamogga districts of southern Karnataka. interior of Karnataka.