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Flood alert in Belagavi, minister takes stock of situation

 A flood alert has been sounded in most of the flood-prone areas of Belagavi district following heavy discharge of water from dams in neighbouring Maharashtra. 

Published: 22nd July 2018 02:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd July 2018 02:54 AM   |  A+A-

Villagers seen traveling by boats in Bagalkot on Saturday | Express

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BELAGAVI: A flood alert has been sounded in most of the flood-prone areas of Belagavi district following heavy discharge of water from dams in neighbouring Maharashtra. 

Public Administration Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi chaired a meeting of senior officials of Belagavi region in Chikkodi on Saturday to discuss immediate measures to be taken up to tackle possible floods in Belagavi. 

“The region will certainly see flooding once Maharashtra starts releasing additional water from the border dams into the rivers.

I have information that all their water sources, including the Koyna, are already full,’’ Jarkiholi said. The flood situation in Belagavi will worsen by the fifth week of August if Maharashtra releases more water, confirmed Belagavi district authorities.

Public Administration Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi directed top officials to keep a tab on the inflow and outflow of all dams and reservoirs on both sides of the border to avoid floods.

Bagalkot villages worried as Krishna river swells

BAGALKOT: “It is difficult to settle in other places vacating the villages that we have grown up. We have acres of agricultural land here which gives daily bread to our family,” said Ramappa Goni(48), a farmer in Salgundi.

As many as 50 villages across Bagalkot are now facing the threat of floods as the Krishna river is swollen with rainwater. The villagers now have to travel an additional 40-km in buses or private vehicles

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