Belagavi, Aug 5: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa made an aerial survey of the flood affected districts in North Karnataka, even as the situation continues to be grim and river Krishna is in spate following unabated heavy discharge from Reservoirs in neighbouring Maharashtra State.
Official sources said, Schools were declared holiday for three days as flood waters have entered School buildings and flowing above knee level on the roads. The Chief Minister, who took stock of the situation prevailing in worst affected Belagavi, Bagalkote, Raichur, Bijapur and Yadgir Districts, said that Army help was sought and they were deployed along with National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Rescue Force, Fire fighter rescue teams which are working round the clock to rescue stranded people.
The rescued people and animals were housed in Gruel Centers and cow shelters. About 1000 people stranded and livestocks were rescued so far from the affected villages on the banks of river Krishna where water is flowing above danger mark. Heavy inflow was reported in to Malaprabha, Ghataprabha reservoirs.
Standing crops in more than 3000 hectares of land were washed out and eight gruel centres have been established for displaced people.
More than 25 low-lying bridge cum barrages have continued to be remained under water in three taluks of Belgaum District.
Stating that there is no dearth of funds, the Chief Minister said that officials have been instructed to intensify rescue operation and provide all facilities to those rescued and provide sufficient fodder and water to animals rescued. (UNI)