Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in Karnataka

Unrelenting rains in parts of Karnataka continue to wreak havoc with incidents of landslides, flooding of several villages and stranded people being reported from across the state. Flash floods were witnessed in several villages of Davangere, Honnali and Harihar after water was released from Tunga and Bhadra dams.

Unabated rains in different parts of the state claimed at least seven lives on Thursday. However, the state government has put the toll at four.Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Hassan, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and Uttara Kannada districts have been hit due to incessant rains over the past week.

Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, meanwhile, ordered the release of Rs 200 crore for immediate relief and rescue works in seven rain affrected district. He has also directed all districtr colelctors to be in high alert and take preventive measures to avoid mishaps in rain-hit districts of Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga, DK and Hassan.

Floodgates of reservoirs along the Cauvery Basin have wreaked havoc in the low-lying areas in Kodagu, Nanjangud and Mandya. Heavy discharge of water from Harangi Dam in Kodagu, Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) in Mandya and Kabini Dam in H.D. Kote have caused extensive flooding and residents along the water route are bearing the brunt of floods and even water entering homes.

Army has been called in for rescue operations in Kodagu. Several areas in Kushalnagar and surrounding areas face flood threat. Many roads, including the main roads in Kodagu, have also been damaged and residents are being rescued in boats and coracles.

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