With the Cauvery swelling for the fourth consecutive day following heavy discharge from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS), the district administration has resorted to alerting residents in low-lying areas along the Cauvery with ‘tom-tom,’ an age-old public address system.

Water was being discharged at the rate of 81,841 cusecs on Tuesday morning as the reservoir was getting water at the rate of 71,694 cusecs. The KRS water level was hovering at 122.4 feet.

“The district administration has taken all measures to protect the people from the possible flood situation. We have been alerting the people with ‘tom-tom’ (beating drums and announcing the message),” R. Yashodha, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue, Pandavapura sub-division), told
The Hindu
.

Officials have hired many messengers, experts in effectively disseminating messages through the decades old system to alert the residents of low-lying areas at Marigowdana Hundi, Doddapalya, Chikkapalya, Hangarahalli, Srinivasa Agrahara, Doddegowdana Koppalu, Rampura, Kengare Koppalu, Maraagala, Mahadevapura, Melapura, Paschima Vahini, Ganjam, Channahalli, Bidarahalli Hundi, Karekura, Bommuru Agrahara and some other villages.

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