The district administrations of Mysuru, Kodagu, Mandya, and Hassan are on alert given the incessant rains in the Cauvery catchment area.

Heavy rainfall in these areas has resulted in high inflow, and all the reservoirs in the Cauvery basin — Harangi, Kabini, Krishnaraja Sagar, and Hemavathi — have reached the full reservoir level (FRL) in record time. There has been controlled release of water from all the reservoirs, as per the standard operating procedure.

Gangaram Baderiya, Principal Secretary, Revenue Department (Disaster Management, Bhoomi and UPOR), said the forecast is for the widespread and heavy rainfall in the Cauvery catchment area to continue for at least a week owing to the offshore trough (a low-pressure belt over a large area) along the Karnataka and Kerala coastlines. As a result, it is anticipated that there will be very heavy inflow into the rivers.

Referring to the preparedness to handle any eventuality, Mr. Baderiya said that personnel of the Fire and Emergency Services, State Disaster Response Force, civil defence, and Home Guards have already been deployed in vulnerable areas. A team of National Disaster Response Force has been positioned in Mysuru to assist the district administration with responding swiftly to any contingency.

“Besides, two teams of NDRF are on standby in Bengaluru and Mangaluru. The NDRF is equipped with inflatable boats with OBM (high-power motor) which has the capacity to evacuate eight or nine people at a time. The team also includes skilled deep divers with suits and medical emergency kits,” said Mr. Baderiya.

He said the situation was being monitored constantly in the district and State emergency operation control rooms. If such a situation arises, people residing in low-lying areas will be relocated to pre-identified relief centres, he said. He added that the Chief Minister, Revenue Minister and Chief Secretary too were constantly monitoring the situation.

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