The rains in Karnataka and Kerala killed approximately 20 and 14 people respectively and left several injured on the 9th of August.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) announced a high alert in Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Goa.
On the 8th of August, the north west and coastal districts of Karnataka were badly affected by floods and heavy rains.
The officials in Karnataka said approximately 9 people died due to the situation in Karnataka. An official further added, “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 (sic.)”
Due to the southwest monsoon, Karnataka and Kerala are witnessing heavy rains, which disrupted the life of the people residing there.
According to the officials, “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.”
The affected districts of Karnataka are Belagavi, Bagalkot, Bijapur (Vijayapura,) Raichur and Yadigir in the northwest region, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Uduipi in the coastal area and Chikkamagaluru, Hassan and Shivamogga in the Malnad region in the central part of the State.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF,) the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre are carrying out rescue operations.
In Kerala, flight operations were suspended, 4 districts, Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode were put on high alert. Approximately 31 people died due to floods.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the Chief Minister of Kerala, declared a holiday in educational institutions after the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) issued a red alert in the 4 districts.
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) of Kerala issued a notice which read, “High waves of 3.2-3.7 meters are forecasted till 23:30 hours of the 10th of August, along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas for the above mentioned period.”
Roads and bridges in the area were blocked and railway services were suspended until the situation comes under control.
The NDRF is conducting rescue operations in Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka.
Stay tuned for further updates.