Flood-like situation in northern areas of Karnataka

Karnataka battles its third wave of floods; incessant rain and rising water-level in dams as northern districts slowly sink under the onslaught of water.

Karnataka Flood

Karnataka’s flood situation took a turn for the worse on October 15, 2020 as several northern parts of the state were inundated due to torrential rains and water released from major dams, said news reports.

Districts such as Yadgir, Raichur, Ballari, Bidar, Vijayapura, Bagalkot, Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Gadag, Koppal, Haveri and Dharwad were worst affected in this third wave of floods in the past three months. Floods were reported at various places in Karnataka between August and September and both times, the Central team visited to inspect rain-related damage.

Karnataka Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa is likely to hold a review meeting on October 16 with district administration officials of flood-affected areas.

The Karnataka Disaster Management Authority said that as many as 515 animals died while 4,782 people have been shifted to 36 relief camps opened by the district administrations. Authorities in Bidar and Vijayapura opened relief camps for flood-affected people.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team rescued people stranded at Haragadde, Karakalagadde in Raichur in the temporary island due to the sudden release of water from the dam across Krishna river due to the rising level.



The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre said that floodgates of all overflowing dams like Linganamakki, Supa, Varahi, Harangi, Hemavathi, Krishna Raja Sagar, Kabini, Bhadra, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha, Almatti and Narayanapura were opened. This led to such an onslaught of flooding in villages that islands were formed at different places.

Water from river Bhima wreaked havoc in Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts. The Central Water Commission warned that the river water at Deongaon Bridge in Afzalpur Taluk of Kalaburagi continues to rise “is expected to cross danger level by this evening.”



Similarly, the river Krishna’s water level at Devasugur in Raichur district continues to rise at an alarming rate. The river in Yadgir district was expected to reach high flood level by October 14 afternoon.

The Commission also stated that the water-level of river Kagna at Malkhed in Kalaburagi has continued to rise at an alarming rate although it was previously reported to be receding.


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