Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit and rain-affected areas of Karnataka, where the rain fury has left nine people dead, authorities said on Thursday. (Also Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZE0su5Npes)Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown: State Makes RT-PCR Report Mandatory For People Coming From Kerala. Deets Inside
The worst-hit was Belagavi district, where six persons have lost their lives, while 40,180 people have been evacuated. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Decision After 15 Days on Night Life, Weekend Curbs, Says CM
Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district, from where 3,088 people have been evacuated till date, and one in Shivamogga, according to official figures. Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown Update: Covid-19 Surveillance Guidelines Extended Till August 16, More Curbs Announced | Full Guidelines
Nearly 17,000 people are taking shelter in relief camps.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is currently camping in Belagavi supervising relief and rescue operations.
On Thursday, he visited rain-affected Shivajinagar and Gandhinagar areas of Belagavi.
“Releases from reservoirs are well-coordinated and as per protocol to prevent inundation of downstream areas. The villages likely to be affected due to heavy discharge have been identified and necessary precautions taken,” an official statement said.
A total of 43,858 people from affected districts in northern, coastal and Malnad regions have so far been evacuated by joint rescue teams comprising Fire and Emergency department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army, official sources said.
District administrations are on high alert and are prepared to tackle any emergency arising out of heavy discharge from reservoirs, the statement said.
“The flood situation is under control”, it said.