Water Released from Koyna Dam Worsens Flood Situation in Northern Karnataka

The flood situation in northern Karnataka worsened on Tuesday after Maharashtra released huge volumes of water from its reservoirs.

Water released from Maharashtra’s Koyna dam gushed straight into the Krishna river, which has been overflowing since Monday, August 5.

However, Belagavi district has borne the brunt of the floods. Many houses in Bavan Saundatti village of Raibag taluk were submerged under water. The rescued villagers have been shifted to relief camps. Several villages in northern Karnataka, viz. Bagalkot, Uttara Kannada, Raichur, Yadgir and Vijayapura have also been affected by the floods.

Apart from the Krishna river, the Tunga, Markandeya, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and Bheema rivers are also on the cusp of breaching their banks.

Bus and train services faced huge disruption, particularly in Uttara Kannada, Bagalkot, Raichur, Yadgir and Belagavi districts of Karnataka. The NH48 highway between Pune and Bengaluru has also been closed for the next few days due to cracks and waterlogging issues.

Meanwhile, the IMD’s Bengaluru office has issued red-level warnings across coastal Karnataka until August 8, with ‘heavy’ to ‘extremely heavy’ rainfall predicted in the region during this period.


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