MYSURU: Traffic on Mysuru-Ooty road was affected on Thursday after a stretch of the national highway near Malanamulle in Nanjangud taluk was submerged, following discharge of 82,000 cusecs of water from the Kabini reservoir.
The discharge from the reservoir is said to have been the highest in 15 years. Fearing that the quantum of water discharged may increase anytime, following heavy downpour in Wayanad region of Kerala, the authorities concerned have diverted traffic via Kadakola to Nanjangud. This has affected movement of vehicles between Mysuru and Ooty and also those travelling to Wayanad, Kozhikode and other places in Kerala from the state.
Several houses in low-lying areas such as Halladakere, Thopenakere, Sarawathi Colony, Vokkalagere and Shanakarapura have been inundated. Residents are being shifted to safer places.
Meanwhile, the Kapila (Kabini) is flowing above the danger-mark and the bridge between Mysuru and Suttur has submerged.
Standing crops on hundreds of acres were also destroyed. The overflowing Kapila has also hit paddy cultivation.
Additional Deputy Commissioner T Yogesh said 13 houses have been partially inundated and water has also entered many houses in DB Kuppe in HD Kote.
Meanwhile, JSS seer Shivarathri Deshikendra Swami has appealed to the people to move to safer places. He said the officials must educate the people on the flood situation and farmers should be conscious while working in fields near the river.