Cauvery river in spate as monsoon lifts in Kodagu district after a short break . Over 1 lakh cusecs of water pumped into KRS and Kabini dams .
As the monsoon lifts in Kodagu district after a short break, the Cauvery river is in spate, with over 1 lakh cusecs of water being pumped into the KRS and Kabini dams.In Kerala's Wayanad district, the inflow to the Kabini dam is increasing rapidly, allowing the government to release 25,000 cusecs of water, which is almost double what was released on Thursday.It has resulted in a flood-like situation in some areas of Chamarajanagar district.Around 7,500 cubic meters of water is being released from the Harangi reservoir, which has put additional pressure on the downstream KRS dam, which is releasing 78,614 cubic meters.This is coming on the heels of revenue minister R Ashokas' trip to Chamarajanagar, where he discussed the situation.He toured rain-affected areas of Kollegel taluk, with red alert in Kodagu on Thursday night.Due to torrential rain, the Cauvery river near Bhagamandala has submerged the pilgrimage site, diverting traffic between the two cities.So far, Cauvery's birthplace has received 4,300 mm of rain, including Friday's record rainfall of 252 mm. A huge tree fell on the Thithimathi-Balele highway in South Kodagu, blocking it.The forest staff removed it later.K G Bopaiah, a MLA from Virajpet, visited the affected areas in Chembu, Dabbadka, Urubailu, Mel Chembu, and Peraje, and offered assistance to the families affected by the floods.The weather has improved a bit in Mandya district, but the Malnad districts of Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru continue to be battered by heavy rain. The water contaminated six houses at Niduvalli village in Kadur taluk, sparking enraged citizens.The Bhadravati by-pass road in Shivamogga district was flooded, as water logging was reported at several places in the city.According to the Shivamogga district administration, 45 houses were destroyed in the rain and almost 125 hectares of crops were lost.Meanwhile, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha president Badagalapura Nagendra accused the state government of laxity in enacting a relief initiative to give the rain-battered a succor.He said that the district in-charge ministers are not visiting the affected areas to monitor the district's relief efforts, speaking to reporters in Mysuru.