No relief in sight as heavy downpour continues to batter a large part of Karnataka even on Thursday. Around 11 districts in Karnataka are affected by floods and incessant rains. "Heavy to very heavy rainfall" will continue for the next three days, alerted India Meteorological Department (IMD). Road and rail connectivity have been disrupted in the state. Seven people died in a single day in rain-related incidents across the state. All schools, colleges and Anganwadi centres in Kodagu district have been closed for two days including Thursday and Friday.
Incessant rainfalls wreak havoc in several parts Kerala as well. Kerala Disaster Management Authority issued 'Red Alert' warning for Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts on August 8.
IMD also declared an 'Orange alert' in various districts from August 6 to 9, including Kasargod, Alapuzha, Idukki, Ernakkulam, Kannur and Thrissur districts. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has called for an emergency meeting to discuss the situation.
Here are the latest updates on the heavy rains in Karnataka and Kerala
5.00 pm: Kerala rain updates
Five teams of NDRF personnel has been deployed to carry out rescue operations in the state
4.40 pm: Kerala rain updates
Heavy downpour in Kerala has triggered a flood-like situation in the Idukki district on Thursday
4.30 pm: Karnataka has agreed to release five lakh cusecs water from Almatti dam to help affected people in Kolhapur and Sangli districts in Maharashtra
3.50 pm: Rescue mission on in Karnataka
4 teams comprising of 60 NDFR personnel deployed to affected areas in Belagavi district. One NDFR team dployed in flood affecred areas of Bagalkot.
3.40 pm: Karnataka rain updates:
Two teams comprising 60 NDRF personnel and flood rescue equipemnt are deployed in flood affected areas of Raichur district.
3.30 pm: Heavy rains are expected to continue over the state of Kerala, says Skymet
3.20 pm: Kerala rains update
Due to these intense rains over many areas, the district collector of Malappuram had declared educational institutions to remain closed.
2.40 pm: Moderate to heavy spells of rain and strong winds reaching 40 to 50kmph is likely to affect northern Karnataka districts in next 3hours, says IMD
2.30 pm: Planes for rebel MLAs, no helicopter for flood-hit people? JDS mocks BJP
JD(S) on Thursday hit out at the BJP government in Karnataka on the issue of tackling the flood situation, alleging it could not deploy helicopters to evacuate affected people but had arranged special planes to ferry rebel MLAs to Mumbai
2.10 pm: All day/night trains to and from Bengaluru up to August 11 cancelled due to landslips in Sakleshpur-Subrahmanya Road Ghat section.
2.05 pm: Six persons have lost their lives in Belagavi district in Karnataka.
2.03 pm: Yediyurappa requests Centre to help in rescue operations
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa requested Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to provide choppers for rescue operations in flood-hit areas in the state.A special rescue and relief operation team likely to reach Belagavi this evening, he says in a tweet.
1.55 pm: Evacuation on in Karnataka
Indian Navy also reached Karnataka to rescue people from rain-affected areas. The diving teams of Indian Navy rescued villagers from Kovadu villages where water had risen to nearly 10 feet
1.50 pm: CM P Vijayan chaired a high-level meeting with top government officials today to take stock of the situation in Kerala. Two women were dead and more than 100 people evacuated after heavy rains battered several parts of Kerala.
1.40 pm: Teams of the Territorial Army, the Navy and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have started evacuating people from flood hit areas in Karnataka.
1.35 pm: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is currently camping in Belagavi supervising relief and rescue operations
1.30 pm: Heavy rains batter 11 districts in Karnataka. Nearly 43,000 people have so far been evacuated from flood-hit areas in the state. The worst-hit was Belagavi district.