Maharashtra has released water at the rate of 1.64 lakh cusecs from various reservoirs in the Krishna river following heavy rains in that State. Water entered Belagavi district through the Rajapur dam, on the border of Karnataka and Maharashtra, on Thursday morning.
The release, coupled with heavy rains in Belagavi district, led to increased levels of water in the Krishna. Water entered some fields on the riverbanks, but there were no casualties. The total release was measured by gauging stations in seven places, including Rajapur. The total quantum includes the amount released into the tributaries of the Krishna, such as the Doodh Ganga, officials said.
In Chikkodi, the taluk administration used boats to rescue eight families of farmers stranded in their farmhouse near the river in Ingali village. Fishermen rescued Gajanan Koli, a youth who was caught in the currents in Ingali village. Farms in Chikkodi, Ingali, Ankali, Benakanahalli, Sulebavi and surrounding villages were flooded. Water began to flow over 14 bridges and barrages.
Waterlogged roads, flooded homes, residents huddled in relief camps – incessant rain has marooned Karnataka’s Belagavi. For the last 10 days, the rampant rains have crippled the daily life of residents in the city.
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