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Bengaluru: The death toll in Karnataka climbed to 48 human deaths while 12 were missing and 767 animal deaths were caused even as rains receded in the state almost two weeks since heavy downpour lashed most parts of the state.

Over 6,73,559 people have been rescued and 3,93,956 of them are currently lodged in 1,224 relief camps.

Disaster management said that the state has suffered crop losses in around 4.3 lakh hectares and 40,523 houses got damaged.

Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yediyurappa announced that the state government would give 5 lakhs as compensation for those whose homes are completely destroyed and 1 lakh for repairs. The chief minister said that all those currently residing in camps would be given 10,000 at the earliest.

The weather authorities that forecast that rains would be widespread with moderate to heavy and most likely over coastal and adjoining areas of Malnad

districts while the rest of the state likely to receive scattered with light to moderate rains, thus hampering rescue operations being carried out by state, central and defence forces.

Images of entire villages and towns getting inundated has flooded social media as horrific stories emerge from the calamity-hit regions of the country.

Most reservoirs in the state were almost up to their full capacity that could help drought prone Karnataka sustain at least its drinking water till early next year. With barely any rain, Bengaluru is staring at acute drinking water shortages.

Though the rains have raised hope in Bengaluru, other places across the state have not been so fortunate as heavy downpour continued on Monday.

Ananthadi Grampanchyath in Dakshina Kannada distric, received the highest rainfall of 147 mm on Monday.

After a slow start, the monsoon picked up rapidly across Karnataka and other parts of the country, including Kerala and Maharashtra. Since 1 August, 21 districts have had excess rains.

Belagavi, one of the worst hit districts, has recorded 354 mm of rains or 419% excess while neighbouring Dharwad recorded 317 mm of rains in August recording a 534% higher than normal. Uttara Kannada recorded a 23% higher rains than normal at 958 mm while Chikamagaluru recorded 255% higher rains at 613 mm. Kodagu has received 963 mm rains in August or 245% higher than normal, according to data.

Uttara Kannada has received a total of 2,711 mm of rainfall from 1 June to 12 August while Dakshina Kannada received 2,109 mm of rainfall.

Eleven districts in Karnataka received excess rainfall, 11 were normal and eight were monsoon deficit from 1 June till 12 August, according to the Karnataka state natural disaster monitoring centre.

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