Out of 5,100 hectares crops submerged along the Krishna riparian belt of Belagavi district from which the 2,000 hectares area has the non- perennial crops. In spite of floodwaters reducing in the district, river Krishna and the tributaries are flowing in full spate.
The main cause of their flow is because Maharashtra is releasing as many as 2 lakh cusecs of water from Koyna coupled with water from Rajapur barrage to Vedaganga basin. Increased flow from the catchment areas into Krishna river and Doodhganga river have destroyed large tracts of agricultural fields.
The flow, water-logged and damaged the standing crops, especially the delicate crops are affected badly, said deputy commissioner N Jayaram. Adding to that, he said, the extent of loss to the growers would be assessed once water levels in the fields recedes.
In the wake of the probable release of water from Koyna and dams of upper Krishna basin of Maharashtra, the district administration has already deputed the 10th NDRF team of Guntur to the riparian belt villages.
An NDRF team member said that a 25-member team is monitoring the situation. A team of officials led by deputy commissioner N Jayaram visited the flood- affected areas.
NDRF team is present there for the humans but crop that are widely grown along the riparian belt has affected. Especially the non- perennial crops like groundnut, soyabean, cotton and greengram have been damaged.