(Eds: Updating) Pune, Aug 19 (PTI) With rainfall decreasing, the level of the Panchganga and Krishna rivers in western Maharashtra receded, officials said on Wednesday evening.
The Panchganga was flowing at 41.1 feet at Rajaram Bridge outside Kolhapur city, said an official of the district disaster management cell.
In the morning, the river's level at the spot was at 41.3 feet whereas the warning level is 39 feet and the danger mark at 43 feet.
On Tuesday, over 1,700 people from flood-prone villages on the river bank in Karveer and Chandgad tehsils of Kolhapur were shifted to safer places as a precaution.
As the rains in the catchment areas of dams in the district subsided, water discharge from the Radhanagari dam was steady at 4,256 cusecs (cubic foot per second), the official said.
In neighbouring Sangli district, the level of the Krishna river at Irwin Bridge too fell significantly.
'The water level has come down to 35.4 feet on Wednesday evening from 39.10 feet in the morning,' said an official from the Sangli district disaster management cell.
He attributed the fall in the level to decrease in the rainfall in the catchment areas of Koyna and other dams, and resultant decrease in water discharge.
'The water storage in the Koyna dam is 91.21 TMC.
The discharge has been further brought down to 10,000 cusecs,' said the official.
Last year, floods had caused enormous damage in Kolhapur and Sangli districts. PTI SPK GK KRK KRK