Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Floods in Karnataka

Remmeber our earlier post about Vilasrao Deshmukh's request that Karnataka release more water from the Almatti Dam? Deshmukh claimed that there would be floods in Sangli and Kolhapur if his request wasn't accepted, and Karnataka, in turn, claimed that several of their villages would be submerged if they listened to Deshmukh. Well, guess what: floods have struck Karnataka.

The Almatti Dam dispute may well have nothing to do with it, but it underscores that not just Mumbai, not just Maharashtra, but the whole country has been hit hard by the rains, to different degrees. This monsoon, the gods have been generous to a fault.