Situation Turns Grim In South Karnataka As North Gets Respite
Southern Karnataka is being battered by heavy rains, especially in Kodagu, Mangaluru, Malnad and the coastal region. The red alert issued in this region continues to be in force.
One column of Army personnel from DSC (Defence Security Corps) Kannur led by Lieutenant Colonel Arun Prakash are in Kodagu, carrying out rescue and relief operations.
The Cauvery and the Lakshmana Theertha rivers are flowing in spate and many villages are inaccessible as a result of the floods.
Northern districts of the state including Belagavi, Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga are witnessing some respite as rain intensity has reduced over the Krishna basin and Maharashtra, stemming the outflow from dams in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana into the state. This outflow had led to heavy flooding in these areas for the past five to six days.
"Flood has affected many parts of Peninsular India including Karnataka and Maharashtra,” said Lieutenant General PS Rajeshwar, CISC (Chief of Staffs Committee). “We have been watching the situation and coordinating with all stakeholders to provide relief and rescue to the affected at war footing. Armed Forces in Aid have already pressed about 200 teams with boats and helicopters. Approx 45,000 have already been rescued," he added.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa appealed for donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund as the situation turns grim in southern Karnataka, after the floods in the northern region of the state.
As of late evening reports on 09 August, the orange alert issued by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) remained over the Upper Krishna basin.
Moderate scattered rainfall is predicted over northern interior Karnataka for the next five days. Belagavi district is expected to witness moderate rain for the next four days. Coastal Karnataka and Malnad region is expected to witness heavy rains for the next two days.
The Almatti and Narayanapura dams in Karnataka are brimming and water from these dams is being released slowly so as not to affect villagers. Villages downstream of these dams have been evacuated by the state administration.
1.41 lakh people have been evacuated by the joint rescue teams of the Army, NDRF, SDRF and Fire and Emergency services. Over 95,000 of those evacuated have been housed in 467 relief camps spread across the affected districts both the north and southern parts of the state. 18 more NDRF teams have been airlifted for operations in Belagavi, Kodagu, Uttara Kannada and Shivamogga.
Three Indian Air Force choppers have been deployed, with one sent to Raichur.
As per a statement by the Karnataka state government’s Disaster Management Department, initial assessments show that 1410 kilometres of roads had been damaged including some stretches of NH 66, NH 275 and SH 91 (Virajpet-Makuta).
211 bridges and check dams too have been hit. 4019 government buildings, 92 water supply infrastructure, 2575 electrical poles too have suffered damages.
According to the latest indications from officials, the next 24 hours are crucial particularly for North Karnataka districts where the intensity in the rainfall has reduced though it has not stopped completely. But, the worrisome aspect is that the intensity of the rainfall has increased in the southern and coastal districts.