Mysuru/Nanjangud: For the second time after its inauguration in 1974, a volume of 71,100 cusecs of water was released from the Kabini Dam yesterday and the water release was stepped up to 75,000 cusecs and then to 80,000 cusecs by evening. This resulted in ‘flash flood’, blocking the Mysuru-Nanjangud National Highway (NH) 212 (now NH 766) this morning.
Vehicles moving from Mysuru to Nanjangud and from Gundlupet to Mysuru were diverted. The first time such a large amount of water was released was in 1992, when 76,000 cusecs of water was released from the Kabini reservoir.
The revival of southwest monsoon since the last three days, after a brief lull has led to heavy rain in Wayanad district of Kerala which has augmented the inflow and outflow from Kabini Dam in H.D. Kote district.
Likewise, the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam is receiving good inflow from its catchment area in Kodagu and over 70,000 cusecs of water is being released from the KRS.