Karnataka Floods: 40 Dead, 2028 Villages Affected in 17 Districts, IMD Issues Red Alert
Karnataka Floods (Photo Credits: ANI)

Bengaluru, August 12: Flood situation in Karnataka continued to worsen as the death toll due to rain-related incidents increased to 40 on Monday. According to official data, since August 1, a total of 40 people have lost their lives while 14 people are still missing. Around 5,81,702 people have been evacuated to safer places and 1168 relief camps have been operational. Due to the torrential rains in the southern state, a total of 17 districts and 2028 villages have been severely affected while 28325 houses have been damaged. Pre-Monsoon Rainfall From March to May Deficit Drops to 22%: IMD.

The worst affected districts are Dakshin Kannada, Udupi, Chikkamagluru, Hassan, Shivamogga, Malnad and Kodagu. The IMD has issued a red alert in Karnataka as more heavy rains are forecast in he coastal, central and southern regions of the state in the coming week, an official said on Sunday. Reports inform that as many as 20 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams, 10 Army teams, five Navy teams and two State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are engaged in rescue operations in the state. Karnataka Rains: Flood Situation Remains Grim.

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According to reports, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said the preliminary estimate of flood related loss in the state was Rs 10,000 crore. Yediyurappa has also urged the Centre to release Rs 3,000 crore as immediate aid. Meanwhile, the state government has issued directions to district surgeons and health and family development officer to not grant any leaves till August 15 in various districts because of the flood situation in the state. On Saturday, Yediyurappa had conducted an aerial survey and announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the deceased.

On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had carried out an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Karnataka and Maharashtra, and reviewed the relief operation being conducted to deal with the natural disaster. "Did an aerial survey of the flood affected areas of Belagavi (Karnataka) and Kolhapur and Sangli (Maharashtra). Also held a meeting with senior officials to review the relief operations," Shah said in a tweet.