Bengaluru, August 14: Flood situation remains alarming along the western coast of India, with at least four states being affected due to the incessent rainfall. The worst-affected is Kerala, where the death toll has mounted to 95 in the deluge. Disaster relief agencies have been asked to work on war-footing to minimise the casualties.
Apart from Kerala, fatalities have been recorded in Karnataka - where 54 have perished in the spree of rainfall over the past fortnight, Maharashtra (49) and Gujarat (31). The Centre has extended all possible assistance to the respective state governments. Kerala Floods: Death Toll Rises to 95; Red Alert Issued in Ernakulam, Idukki and Alappuzha Districts
In Kerala, a red alert has been issued for Malappuram and Kozhikode as extremely heavy rains are expected in central areas of the state. The flood-hit northern parts are limping back to normalcy, officials said.
Due to strengthening of low pressure in the Bay of Bengal, extremely heavy rains are expected to lash several parts of the state, Director of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) in Thiruvananthapuram K Santosh was reported as saying.
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Meanwhile, situation continues to remain grim in Maharashtra's Kolhapur and Sangli districts though the intensity of rainfall has weakened in the state over the last 3-4 days.
The death toll in five western Maharashtra districts over nine days due to flood-related incidents reached 49, officials said.
However, the meteorological department forecast could increase worries of the administration as Kolhapur and Sangli districts in western Maharashtra are still struggling to emerge from the massive floods that had swamped the region. Maharashtra Floods: CM Devendra Fadnavis Announces Rs 6,813 Crore as Relief Package for Affected Regions.
It has predicted heavy to very heavy showers at isolated places in hilly areas in Pune, Kolhapur and Satara districts of the state on Wednesday.
The situation in Karnataka's flood and heavy rain affected districts has improved and inflows in reservoirs are also steadily decreasing, an official update issued by the government said on Tuesday said.
"Flood situation is normalising. The water has started receding in many flood-affected districts and flood situation has improved," it said.
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The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate the country's independence day in a "simple" way as most parts of the state are affected by floods and incessant rains. The death rose to 54 on Tuesday and nearly four lakh people are lodged in 1,151 relief camps, as per official data.
In the past seven days, the Indian Navy has rescued over 14,000 people from flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka under operation 'Varsha Rahat'. Forty-one Navy teams were deployed in difficult terrains of the three states where they used advanced light helicopters and also boats to reach the marooned areas, an official said. Kerala Floods: Pic of Road Covered in Plastic Waste in Palakkad Goes Viral, Twitter Calls it 'Return Gift' of Nature.
Due to incessant rains in Odisha, train services were affected in western parts of the state as water was flowing over the tracks in some places in Boudh, Bolangir, Kalahandi, Kandhamal and Sonepur districts.
With more rainfall likely to occur over the next two days due to formation of a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal, district administrations have been asked to be prepared to deal with possible flood.
Madhya Pradesh has received eight per cent more rainfall than the average so far this season, the Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.
The state received around 623 mm rainfall (average of rainfall across all the districts) from June 1 to August 13 against the normal 577 mm during this period, it said.
In the national capital, several areas were lashed by heavy rains and the MeT department has forecast showers on Independence Day.
It said so far in August, 67 per cent less rainfall has been observed as compared to the average. The month's average is 116.1 mm and it has observed 39.1 mm which is 77 mm less. The seasonal average is 392.2 mm rainfall and it has been recorded at 249.5 mm till now which is 36 per cent less than the average, the department said.
The MeT in Himachal Pradesh, a weekend destination for Delhites, has issued a yellow alert for Friday and Saturday in the state, which has reported heavy rainfall in several areas. (With PTI inputs)