Bengaluru, Aug 9 : There seems to be no let up in flood situation across 15 districts in Karnataka and after Northern districts were battered for the last two weeks, the situation also worsened in the West Ghat districts of Kodagu and Hassan after torrential rains lashed since last two days, severe landslides reported and normal life thrown out of gear. Various relief teams from NDRD, Indian Army, Karnataka Calamity relief forces and the public lent their hand in unprecedented rescue and relief operations even as millions of population reeled under the barrage of the deluge.
In the four Districts of North Karnataka – Belagavi- Bagalkot, Raichur and Koppal, people suffered and tens of thousands of affected sent to relief camps following every increasing heavy discharge from Reservoirs from Maharashtra State into River Krishna it’s tributaries from the reservoirs upstream, while Kodagu, Shivamogga, Karwar and Kodagu Districts faced the ‘onslaught’ of heavy rain under the influence of Southwest Monsoon. The death toll during the last 20 days due to floods and rain touched 23.
Normal life had been badly affected since lat 10 days and the situation is turning to worse in these 15 districts coming under Bombay-Karnataka, Coastal and the other districts coming under Western Ghats. People are stranded in the flood ravaged districts were forced to take shelter in Gruel Centers. In some Centre the people were moved to safer places as flood waters had entered even the Centers where they were housed.
As fresh incident of landslide reported in Kodagu District where five people feared killed due to landslides at Korangala village in pilgrimage Centre Bhagamandala, which has already cut off from the mainland, the death toll has increased to 23 in rain related incidents in the State. Bodies of the two has been recovered and efforts continuing to dig out the other three bodies.
The Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who is camping in worst affected Belagavi said relief measure was taken on a war foot and various agencies have been working overtime to bring relief to the flood and rain affected. He had already announced Rs 5 lakh compensation by the State government to each of the next kin of the dead in rain related incidents.
Yediyurappa went around the flood affected areas by road today after he conducted aerial survey since last two days and met with flood affected people in the relief centres. Last night he visited many rehabilitation Centres and collected details about facilities provided. He has ordered that rescue and rehabilitation work should not be stopped at any cost and each and every one who were stranded should be rescued.
Rescue teams from Army, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF), Fire Fighters, some of the NGOs and villagers are on the job round the clock. They have rescued thousands of people including those who were taking shelter on the roof of their Houses as flood water had entered their house and the water level was increasing. Some people who had spent more than two days by claiming trees were also rescued by the teams.
Schools and Colleges have been declared holiday till tomorrow and the holiday may continue since there is no improvement in the flood situation in many affected districts. Road connectivity to Goa, Mumbai, Karwar, Mangaluru and to other flood affected places were cut off as fresh landslides were reported in Charmadi Ghat and Shiradi Ghat section. Train service was also badly affected as water is overflowing on the tracks and earth beneath the tracks have caved in.
Red alert has already been sounded in Coffee District Kodagu and North Karnataka Districts. In Kodagu, which has many tourist spots, the authorities have been warned against venturing into water. Last year more than 20 people died due to landslides and hundreds of houses had collapsed due to unprecedented rain that lashed the District and the government is making all efforts to build houses and in some places the works are nearing completion.
Standing crops in thousands of acres of land were washed out in the flood affected districts and hundreds of houses have either collapsed or partially damaged in Belagavi, Raichur, Bagalkot districts due to incessant rain and water logging.UNI