FFMD alerts Krishna river catchment states to release excess flow of water from Reservoirs

In view of heavy to very heavy rainfall with isolated extremely heavy rainfall and heavy to very heavy rainfall forecast for another two days in catchment areas of river Godavari and Krishna in Maharashtra. River levels on river Godavari and Krishna were raising rapidly in Maharashtra in the districts of Nasik, Ahmednagar, Pune, Satara, Sanghi and Kolhapur districts.

According to Flood Forecast Monitering Directorate, the river level at Godavari in the districts of Nasik, Ahmednagar and Aurangabad was likely to rise and the Godavari was likely to flow in low to moderate flood situation at Kopergaon in Ahmednagar district. Good inflows were also expected in Jaikwadi Dam in Aurangabad district during the next 2 to 3 days.

The river level of Krishna and its upstream tributaries like Panchaganga, Dudhganga were also rising rapidly. Rainfall of around 389.2 mm has been recorded Tuesday at Mahabaleshwar in Satara district (Source of river Krishna) and was still continuing with another 78 mm by 1130hrs. In view of such exceptionally heavy rainfall river level of Krishna was likely to rise rapidly all along its course in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (Up to Srisailam Dam) as almost all upstream dams were full, most of the dams were likely to release water.

Strict vigil may have to be maintained at all reservoirs which were already in full conditions such as Almatti Dam and Narayanapur Dam in Vijayapura district in Karnataka, Priyadarshini Jurala Project in Mahabubnagar district of Telangana. Srisailam Dam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh will start getting good inflows during the next 4 to 7 days. All project authorities may maintain strict vigil and take necessary action to release excess flow of water during the current vigorous spell of monsoon.  (NSS)