Triggering a glimmer of hope among residents and farmers of the Cauvery basin, heavy rains lashing the Cauvery catchment areas of Bhagamandala and Talakaveri in Western Ghats has resulted in a significant increase in the flow of water in river Cauvery and its tributaries.

The pouring rain has also resulted in many lakes on the path of Cauvery — the lifeline of farmers of Mandya district and residents of Mysore and Bangalore — getting replenished, thus promising an increased inflow into the KRS reservoir.

The reservoir recorded an inflow of 6231 cusecs against an outflow of 838 cusecs, resulting in the increase of water level to 65 feet this morning, against its capacity of 124.80 feet.

The increase in Cauvery, Kannika and Sujyothi rivers has submerged the stairs of the Sangam in Bhagamandala which has recorded 111.4 mm of rains in the last 24 hours, thus gradually rising towards inundation of the Triveni Sangam.

The Srimangala hobli in South Kodagu registering a rain fall of 173 mm and the rains continue to lash the area, making the prospects of River Lakshmana Theertha flooding its basin looking bright.

Meanwhile, heavy rains which lashed Madikeri affected normal life in the Coffee town as electric supply was stopped as precautionary measure. Gusty winds bringing down trees on the streets added to the misery of the people.

CESC AEE Suresh expressed inability of the department to handle the situation, citing lack of contract employees.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore