Karnataka: Several monuments at Hampi inundated by floods

Source: UNI | Published on 16th September 2021, 12:44 PM | State News |

Ballari: Several monuments at the world heritage site of Hampi were inundated on Wednesday following heavy discharge of water from the Tungabhadra dam build across the Tungabhadra river near new district Vijayanagar.

Since the reservoir has reached its full capacity, the Tungabhadra Dam authorities released 60,000 cusecs of water on Wednesday. By night, more than one lakh cusecs might be released into the dam. “There has been heavy rain in the catchment area and the reservoir is also full. We need to balance it. So we need to release the water which flows in,” officials of TB Dam Board said.

The release of the water affected the Hampi World Heritage site, where several monuments have been waterlogged.

The flash flood has resulted in water logging of the Purandara Mantapa. The rising river water has also entered the mantapas where rituals for the dead are conducted. Water has reached the elevated platform of Kodandarama temple and the water level is likely to rise further.

As on Wednesday morning, the water level in the dam stood at 1,632.83 ft as against the full capacity of 1,633 ft. While the inflow into the dam was at the rate of 36,631 cusecs, the outflow was 66,000 cusecs. According to a sources in Hampi, the increase in water level has been attracting more tourists to the town.

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