3 Dead in Heavy Rains in Karnataka, Thousands Evacuated From Affected Areas

Heavy rains have battered the east coast that has left multiple dead in Maharashtra and Karnataka. A landslide killed 47 people in Maharashtra's Raigad district on Friday.

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New Delhi: Three people have died while 9,000 have been evacuated from several parts of Karnatak after landslides due to the heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours. Cm BS Yediyurappa reviewed the situation and directeKd all the ministers in charge and MLAs of the affected districts to oversee.

“In the wake of heavy rains across the state, I direct all district in-charge ministers and MLAs to be present in their respective districts and constituencies to oversee rescue and relief efforts being carried out by district administrations,” Yediyurappa tweeted.

“Spoke to District Commissioners and reviewed the situation arising due to incessant rain in several parts of the state. State govt will extend all necessary support to the relief and rescue efforts and assist farmers who suffered losses due to untimely rain and hailstorms,” he added.

Parts of Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Dharward, Haveri, Shivamogga and Uttara Kannada are facing floods due to heavy rains, said Dr Manoj Rajan, Commissioner, Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority.

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Krishna, Cauvery, Tungabhadra, Bhima, Kapila (Kabini) rivers are all flowing above the danger mark or close to it in the state.

16,213 people in 131 villages have been affected by the heavy rains, the officials added.

The state government has opened 80 relief camps in the affected areas where 4,964 people have taken shelter.

Landslides were reported in eight places, including Virajpet in Kodagu district and Arabail Ghat in Uttara Kannada district.

A red alert has been sounded in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, and Kodagu districts for the next 24 hours in view of a possible heavy to extremely heavy rainfall and an orange alert, in Belagavi and Dharwad, the officer said.

The rains have also led to filling up of most of the reservoirs in Karnataka, including the Almatti, Bhadra, KRS, Kabini, Harangi, Hemavathi, Narayanapura, Malaprabha, and Ghataprabha, he said.

With inputs from PTI