Bengaluru, Aug 11 : With the flood situation in Karnataka in over 17 districts continued to be grim, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah would be is conducting an aerial survey in Belagavi, the worst affected districts in the state, on Sunday afternoon.
According to official sources, Amit Shah will arrive to Belagavi in the afternoon, and immediately will leave to conduct an Aerial survey of the flood-hit taluks, including Chikkodi, Kagwada, Gokak and Athani taluks.
Chief minister B S Yediyurappa, will also accompany the Union Home minister, and appraise him about the severe flood conditions in the state, the measures taken by the state government to tackle the natural disaster to him.
As many as 31 persons had lost their lives, more than three lakh people had been evacuated and more than two lakh people had been sheltered in over 924 relief camps and the standing crops in over three lakh hectares of land got marooned in the swollen rivers.
The Karnataka government had declared as many as 80 taluks as flood hit and relief works are being undertaken by the State Disaster response force as well as NDRF in the flood affected areas.
With the rivers both in the Krishna as well as Cauvery basins as well as West-flowing rivers are in spate, large number of people are continued to be shifted to safer places.
The death toll which stood at 31 is likely to be increased as another 14 people are reportedly missing in Kodagu district.
The Rail and road transport has been severely hit Railway lines as well as road-networks were damaged in the landslide as well as remained under flooded water.
Chief minister B S Yediyurappa, speaking to newsmen here on Sunday said that he along with the Union Home minister Amit Shah will conduct an aerial survey in Belgaum, Bagalkote and other areas and will return to Bengaluru in the evening.
Meanwhile, a Mysuru report said With the unabated rains in the Cauvery basin districts and Waynad region in Kerala, the inflow into Cauvery river had reached to alarming level and large quantity of water is being released to Tamil Nadu from both the KRS and the Kabini reservoirs in the state.
Several villages and towns in Mysuru and Mandya districts also marooned due to increased inflow in the Cauvery and its tributaries, the sources said.
The schools and colleges in over 17 districts are continued to be shut following incessant rains and floods, the sources said.(UNI)