Flood fury in Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra.
A red alert has been issued in few districts of Kerala. Parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra after heavy rains. Floods havoc continued to hammer south India, with 45 deaths over the past three days. Rail and air services were badly hit and authorities came to rescue people from low-lying and submerged areas. In Kerala, landslides have left many people dead and the situation in Karnataka and Maharashtra remained grim.
Kerala: The state of Kerala and its people are experiencing a deja vu moment. A red alert has been issued for nine districts Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod in Kerala where rains have left some villages submerged and isolated from the rest of the state. Around 22,165 people have been evacuated to safety and are lodged in 315 camps across the state. Teams of the Army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the fire department are at the site. 22 people have been killed, flight operations at Cochin International Airport in Kerala have been stopped till 3 pm on Sunday due to heavy rain. As many as thirty families are feared missing after a landslide occurred at Kavalappara, Nilambur, in Malappuram district on Thursday evening. The rescue teams were able to reach the incident spot only by today afternoon. 315 relief camps have been set up, which are populated by 22000 people, most of whom are from Wayanad. The intensity of rainfall is likely to subside tomorrow but another spell of extremely heavy rainfall expected from August 15.
Karnataka: As incessant rains continue and more than 15 districts in Karnataka flood-hit, more than nine people have lost their lives as daily life continue to be crippled for people in north Karnataka, coastal and Malnad regions of the state. As many as 237 villages in 32 taluks were affected as most rivers continued to flow above the danger mark, as on Thursday. Authorities have evacuated 80,000 more people from flood-hit and rain-affected areas in Karnataka, where the rain fury in the last few days has left nine people dead. Indian Air Force teams carry out flood relief operations in Belagavi. A total of 25 civilians have been rescued by winching from Roggi, Halolli, Udhagatti & Girdal. Around 475 food packets along with drinking water dropped in affected areas.
Maharashtra: 27 people died due to floods in Pune division in Maharashtra. More than 2 lakh people have been evacuated to safe places. The Indian Army has rescued approximately 45000 people from the floods in Maharashtra and Karnataka and more relief and rescue operations are going on. Maharashtra government has released Rs 154 crore to district collectors for disbursal of aid to flood-affected people in Western Maharashtra and other parts. Flood-affected families will get Rs 10000 each in rural areas and 15000 in urban areas. Govt is carefully watching and monitoring the outbreak of any disease, however, the situation is under control. 1 crore chlorine tablets have been distributed to the people. A water tanker will be supplied for drinking.
As floodwater recedes, roads in Sangli and Kolhapur will be repaired immediately. Approximately, 1 lakh hectares of agricultural land affected due to flood, compensation will be given. Around 2000 people have been rescued from both places.
With warnings of heavy rain in the next few days, people have been put on high alert and precautionary measures have been taken in the event of a downpour.