At least nine people were killed while several others injured due to heavy rains and floods in 12 northwest and coastal districts of Karnataka. Incessant rains severely disrupted normal life in the affected districts, as schools and colleges, markets and offices were shut and thousands of people stranded due to damage to road and rail network in the region.
According to officials, of the 9 rain-related deaths, 6 were in Belagavi, 2 in Uttara Kannada and one in Shivamogga. About 50 cattle also perished or washed away in floodwaters. Nearly 44,000 people have been evacuated from 51 flood-hit taluks, with about 40,180 from Belagavi alone. Of them 16,875 are sheltered in 272 relief camps across the affected districts.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre, coastal and Malnad districts received very heavy rains since Monday, leading to flooding in several villages and towns due to overflowing of water from lakes, tributaries and rivers, which are in spate due to heavy discharge from southern Maharashtra.
“Moderate to heavy rains are forecast till Sunday across the southern state as the monsoon is vigorous augurs well for the districts that were drought-hit last year, added the official. The rain fury has caused extensive damage to roads, state and national highways, with 1,410km of them and 211 bridges in the affected districts.
Mysore-Nanjanagud Road has been closed from 8:30 am today due to Kabani dam overflowing on the road near Nanjanagud Bridge. Mysore, Nanjanagud, Gundlupet and Chamarajnagar route vehicles are operating through Hullahalli and kempasiddaianahundi.
The rescue teams, including personnel from Fire and Emergency, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army, have been moving people from flood-affected areas to safety.