Friday, August 18, 2006
Flood danger in 11 districts of Tamil Nadu
Cauvery one of the drought less river in south India, which grows in Coorg district in Karnataka, flows through Tamil Nadu and end in Bay of Bengal. It also known as South Ganga. Everyone knows we (Tamil Nadu) face big problem in sharing Cauvery between Karnataka & Tamil Nadu every year. They never release water, we used to urge many times, But last year it was changed and every one in Tamil Nadu pray that Karnataka should stop releasing water form its dam, because of heavy rain in Karnataka & delta areas of Tamil Nadu. So the largest reservoir Mettur Dam in Tamil Nadu was over flowed and created a flood situation in delta districts of Tamil Nadu. Many districts have affected and the houses near the Cauvery delta has sink in the flood, even loss of lives. The flood inundated paddy fields and damaged the crop loss in the delta heartland is much. For the first time in 15 years, Mettur reservoir received 2lakh cusecs and discharged the same quantum of water last October.
On August 2nd 2006 the Mettur reservoir created a Record in its life history, by storing water above100 feet for 365 days. Since August 2 last year, the dam's level has not fallen below the 100 feet mark and has been remaining till now. This year, the dam has set many hydraulic records between August 2, 2005 and August 2, 2006. It has retained the FRL of 120 feet for 81 days, obliterating the previous record of 79 days set in 1964. Okok I know many of u may already know these, just for remaining you:)
The same flood fear circumstance has created now, by over inflow of water to Mettur reservoir. Monsoon rain has been intensity in recent days in Karnataka, because of this, the important dam’s Kabine and Krishnarajasagar has reached its life size, so the remaining water that comes to this dams are full evacuated. In the last 5 days the water release from the Karnataka dams has reached 80,000 cubic feet per second. In this situation, the water release from Mettur for the delta irrigation has increased from 20 to 22 cubic per second. The water level which was 110 on 15th Aug, has increased 4 feet on a single day (Aug16) and reached its 117 yesterday, and it’s expect to touch its maximum lever of 120 in today. So if it reaches its full level the remaining water must be release form Mettur to avoid any danger for the dam. The 11 delta districts of Tamil nadu are in fear of floods like last year. Hope the situation will not be like Gujarat. See when we struggle for water, Karnataka dints give; now giving with our asking! This is time!!
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