Home / News / India /  Rain fury continues in Karnataka, death toll climbs to 31

Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister B.S.Yeddyurappa on Saturday announced that the death toll caused by heavy rainfall in the state has risen to at least 31 people and over 343 animal lives, as several regions brace up for the worst calamity in almost half a century.

Districts in the north, Malnad and coastal regions are the worst affected by persistent rain, flooding and landslides. At least 14 people are missing and over 21000 homes are damaged.

Belagavi, Bagalkot, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur, Mangaluru city and Kodagu were among the worst affected areas in the state as rains wreak havoc in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala.

Around 1702 villages have been badly hit.

Yediyurappa said that initial estimates indicate losses of around 6,000 crore and that the state has sought funds from the Centre to tackle the natural calamity that has displaced thousands in one of the worst catastrophes in around 44 years.

Over 3.14 lakh people have been evacuated from flood-hit regions to safer areas including in nearly 1000 shelters while over 50000 livestock have also been moved to shelters.

The chief minister said that 20 teams of the National Disaster Response Force, 11 teams of the Army, 5 teams of the Navy, 4 Air Force helicopters, police and the fire and emergency services and others are carrying out rescue operations.

He said that the district authorities have been given sufficient funds to provide any and all kinds of assistance.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitataman on Saturday took stock of the situation in Karnataka and assured all necessary support to the state. Home minister Amit Shah will hold meetings with Yediurappa and other senior officials of the state on Sunday in Belagavi.

The state weather authorities have warned heavy rains will continue over these districts that could add to the troubles of locals and rescue teams.

The people of the coffee growing district of Kodagu and parts of Kerala were hit for a second time in two years after suffering one of the worst rain- related calamities in recent decades.

At least 42 deaths have been reported from Kerala and around 30 in Maharashtra, according to media reports.

After suffering consecutive droughts, farmers in Karnataka have been dealt another blow as over 4.12 lakh hectares of agricultural land has been damaged due to floods and landslides.

Yediurappa said that apart from private property, infrastructure including roads, bridges, electrical poles, transformers and buildings have been damaged.

Connectivity has been affected as several state and national highways are damaged. In Karnataka, 243 public works department (PWD) roads have been blocked and around 2,450 km of roads are damaged, as also 530 bridges and 56 public buildings. The total estimate of the damage is Rs.1,427 crore, Yediurappa said.

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