The flood situation remained grim on Sunday in four districts of Karnataka with Krishna and Bhima rivers in spate because the Army, the national and state disaster response forces undertook rescue work, evacuating many marooned people, officials said.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said many villages in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts were either completely or partially submerged thanks to floods caused by heavy rains last week and he would undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on October 21.
According to the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority (KDMA), a complete of 20,269 people, including 15,078 in badly- hit Kalaburgi, are evacuated thus far by the personnel of the military, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and therefore the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) besides local police and district authorities.
There was no loss to human lives anywhere within the flood affected areas whereas two cattle died in Vijayapura, KDMA Commissioner Manoj Rajan said.
A total of 111 villages within the four districts are suffering from the floods, caused by heavy rains and water released by the dams in neighbouring Maharashtra.
“Two NDRF, one SDRF and one Army column are deployed in Kalaburagi while two Indian Air Force helicopters are on standby. Similarly, the NDRF and therefore the Army personnel are deployed in other three districts. Situation is in check ,” Rajan told PTI.
Yediyurappa said the floods have also resulted in damage to the crops.
“In the given circumstances, it’s become necessary to hold out an aerial survey to know the particular situation.
Against this background, i will be able to be completing an aerial survey of Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura on October 21,” he said during a release in Bengaluru.