Flood alert in Kabini basin; steps in place to tackle fury: DC Sankar

Mysuru, August 8:- “Due to incessant rains at Wayanad of Kerala, Kabini Reservoir is almost full and the outflow of the reservoir has reached 80,000 cusecs,” said Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar.

He was speaking at a press meet held at the DC’s office here on Thursday.

“The inflow of the Kabini Reservoir has drastically increased. The outflow was 60,000 cusecs at 10 am and now it has crossed 80,000 cusecs. Last year, around the same time, the outflow was  85,000 cusecs. Agriculture will be affected by the floods and precautions need to be taken ahead of the flooding. The water needs 4 hours more to cross over Nanjangud. We have enough time to take care of people on river banks. The revenue department, police department, PWD department, fire brigade, horticulture departments will work hard to face the situation. We have given instructions to all the departments. Kabini has an inflow of 55,000 cusecs. Harangi Dam has an inflow of 45,000 cusecs. It will affect Periyapattana and KR Nagar. People are being shifted to safer places. We have also instructed officials to start temporary camps as a precautionary measure. As the Varamahalakshmi festival will be observed tomorrow, people will get an additional holiday. As a result, tourists are expected to visit in large numbers and instructions should be given to them not venture into the water. Nanjangud Temple may get flooded, while the Suttur Bridge might submerge as well. Water may overflow at Tumbusoge and other places. PDOs and village accountants are instructed to take steps. Banners will be set up in Kannada and English,” he added.

“People have been advised to go to safer places. A high alert has been announced in all taluks. Shelter, food, sweaters, umbrellas and other equipment will be provided. Four boats have been kept ready in case of emergency,” he said.

“Gundlupet route has been altered. Additional home guards have been deployed. Commissioner of Police has requested people to not to go to Nanjangud Temple as it might get flooded. Don’t try to click selfies near water and or try to swim in flooding rivers. Police officials and expert swimmers will be allotted,” said Superintendent of Police Rishyanth.

For assistance, contact district and taluk control room, 0821-2423800/1077, taluk office Mysuru 0821-2414812, Nanjanagudu taluk office 08221 – 223108, T Narasipura 08227 – 260210, Hunsur 08222 – 252040, KR Nagar 08223 – 262371, HD Kote 08228 – 255325, Periyapattana 08223 – 274007, Chescom Mysuru 0821 – 2461030, fire brigade 0821 – 2540970. (MR/KS)


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