Heavy downpour in Karnataka’s Mysuru district inundated several taluks including Nanjangud, Heggadadevana Kote and Hunsur on Friday. The rains continued on Saturday morning as well.
According to the Mysuru Deputy Commissioner Abhiram D Shankar, the Kabini, Takara and Nugu reservoirs have reached full reservoir level and over 2 lakh cusecs of water is currently being released due to the incessant rainfall.
The Mysuru-Ooty Road has been shut as the road near Mallanamoola was inundated on Saturday morning. The bus routes have been diverted via Varuna-Kuppagalu and then to Tarooru. The Hejjige, Rampura and Suttur bridges in Nanjangud taluk were completely inundated, thereby cutting off connectivity in the region.
Nanjangud town, Halladakere, Topabeedi and surrounding areas were completely inundated. Deputy Commissioner Abhiram says that 34 acres of land and 102 homes were destroyed due to the floods. Seven relief camps have been set up in Girija Marriage Hall, Seetarama Marriage Hall, Bokkahalli, Saraswati Colony, Nanjangud Primary School, Chokkahalli government school, Janaki Rama Temple and Veerashaiva Mutt, and 617 people have been shifted out.
In Heggadadevana Kote, 433 acres of crops have been lost due to the outflow of water from the Kabini reservoir. Roads between Handpost-Saraguru and HD Kote-Mysuru have been shut.
“Between HD Kote and Mysuru, the bridges in Haikere and Matakere villages have been submerged and hence the road has been shut,” DC Abhiram told TNM.
In addition, the roads to Tumbasogu, Maadaapura, Chekkooru, Hommarahalli and MC Talalu have been shut as the Hosakote bridge has been submerged. The Shivalli-Kollagowdanahalli-Handpost road has been shut as well. Three relief camps have been set up in HD Kote, where 358 people have been shifted out of their homes.
Hunsur taluk in Mysuru was also flooded as the water from the Taraka dam was released on Friday. The Hanagudu-Bellana-Hosahalli road has been shut, cutting off connectivity to Abbooru, Nilavaagilu and Shindenahalli villages. Roads between Hunsur-Hanagud and Hanagudu-Kirangoodu have also been shut. Six relief camps have been set up in Hunsur where the flood victims have been shifted.
In wake of heavy rainfall, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus services between Mysuru and Madikeri and from Mysuru to HD Kote were suspended,
As on Saturday morning, the outflow in the Kabini reservoir was 1,02,083 cusecs, outflow in Harangi Dam was 15,000 cusecs, 4,900 cusecs from the Taraka Dam and 9,300 cusecs from the Nugu Dam.
Meanwhile, the Krishna Raja Sagar Dam officials have issued a flood alert and requested those living in the periphery of the reservoir to evacuate. The KRS Dam level as on Saturday is at 108 ft and will reach full storage once it hits 124 ft.