Floods in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka LATEST UPDATES: Union Minister Prahlad Joshi on Friday visited flood victim Hubli in Kartaka. He said: "10 R&D teams are already deployed. The government of the state has requested five more teams from the NSRF. As soon as I realized that all these things were needed, I talked to Interior Minister Amit Shah and made him aware of the situation."
Maharasha Minister Girish Mahajan on Friday was a "geraod" by locals in the flood-stricken Sangli district of Maharashtra after he argued as two selfie videos surfaced in horror, showing he was smiling and waving cheerful hands as he surveyed the damage the area.
This prompted the opposition NCP to expose Mahajan. Asked if the minister was on tourism, the NCP asked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to seek the resignation of the "insensitive" water minister.
In one of the clips, an unknown person accompanying Mahajan was seen making a selfie video while riding through water in parts of Kolhapur in western Maharashtra. The BJP minister can be seen smiling and waving his hands at this clip.
A total of 6 bodies were recovered from the remnants of the massive landslide that occurred in Kerala in Wenanad on Thursday.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinaray Vijayan on Friday addressed the media about the flood situation in several areas in the state. He said: "315 camps have been set up and there are 22,000 people. Most of the people in these camps are from Wayanad. The nationwide toll is 22.
"The intensity of the rainfall is likely to disappear tomorrow, but another spell of extremely heavy rainfall is expected from August 15."
A high level summit is being held at the Ministry of the Interior on the situation of floods across the country, especially in Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Nityanand Rai, Minister of State for the Interior, chaired a meeting with the Directorate General of the RDF, Disaster and Air Force and Indian Army personnel.
The NDRF rescued sixty people who were rescued Friday from Putumala near Mepadi in Vayanad. Kerala flood incidence has reportedly reached 28.
Indian Air Force teams conducted flood relief operations in Belagavi in Karnataka on Friday. A total of 25 civilians were rescued from a winch by Roghi, Haloli, Udhagati and Girdal. About 475 packages of food, along with drinking water, discharged into the affected areas.
A woman and a child were killed in a blast that occurred in Padmala and Faldia Gaon villages in Uttarakhand's Shamoli district. About 10 houses in the villages were also damaged in the incident. The rescue team and the district administration are present on site.
The Maharashtra government is likely to release more water from dams over the Krishna and Bhima rivers, as several areas in the western parts of the state have been flooded.
Bijapur and Baghalkot districts in neighboring Karnataka are likely to be affected by open floodgates.
Weanad MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said he would ask Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide assistance to the Lok Sabha constituency, which is facing a flood-like situation in addition to heavy rainfall and landslides.
"I am very concerned about rainfall and landslides in my constituency (Wayanad). I have talked to officers there and also talked to the Kerala Chief Minister on the matter. I will also address the Prime Minister and ask him for assistance," he told reporters. .
"I was planning to go there, but the collector told me it would not be a good idea because it would disrupt the rescue operations. I will try to get there as soon as possible," he added.
Heavy rainfall and flooding have caused chaos in Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday. Nine people drowned after a lifeboat detained in the devastated Sangli floodplain.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rainfall is likely in the next two days in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Kerala.
More than two people live without power in Kolhapur and Sangli, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said after conducting an aerial survey. So far, there have been four deaths reported in Kolhapur in rain-related incidents, the Chief Minister said. Interior Minister Amit Shah spoke with Fadnavis and assured him of any assistance to deal with the country's floods. He also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Sangli boat crash.
Karnataka has agreed to release five light waters from the Almaty Dam, located downstream of the Krishna River, an official from the Fadnavis office said, which will help reduce water levels in the affected areas.
The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway, which runs through Kolhapur, was closed due to inclement weather.
Nine killed in Karnataka; Opposition struck Ediurapa Govt
In Karnataka, nine people, including six in Belagavi, two in Uttar Canada and one Shivamagh, have died in the past few days in various rain-related incidents. A total of 43 858 people from the affected areas in the northern, coastal and Malnadu have been evacuated by rescue crews including the fire and emergency services, state disaster response forces, national disaster response forces and the army, official sources said.
Chief Minister BS Ediurapa is currently camping in Belagavi, overseeing rescue and rescue operations. On Thursday, he visited the rain-affected areas of Shivajagarh and Gandinagar in the area. The Belagavi Regional Administration has announced a holiday for schools and colleges by August 10. District administrations are highly prepared and ready to deal with any emergencies resulting from heavy tank discharges, an official statement said. "The flood situation is under control," she added.
Yediyurapa urges people to donate generously, saying that at least 5,000 runes will be needed for relief and rehabilitation operations. The Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic arm of technology giant Infosys, has voluntarily donated 10 Russian crowns. He said at least 30,000 houses must be built, adding that there is no shortage of resources to carry out our support operations.
Yediyurappa also said that four teams of public representatives have been set up to oversee relief operations in different areas affected by floods and rainfall. Belagavi's team will be led by him and Union State Minister for Railways Suresh Angadi, while former Chief Minister Jagadish Shetar will oversee Dharwad's team. KS Eshwarappa will head the Shivamogga team, while Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje will head the coastal team, he said.
In the town of Belagavi, the basements of many residential and commercial complexes were filled with deep-to-the-waist water, causing power outages. Many vehicles were sunk. A severe drinking water crisis has also been reported in many parts of the area as water flows into the Hidalkal pump and Rakaskop dam, both sources of water supply in the city.
In the meantime, the Opposition Congress and JD (S) have turned their attention to the BJP government on flood management. "You (BJP) could arrange a special aircraft to carry disgruntled MLAs (Congress and JDS) to Mumbai, but you cannot arrange a helicopter for poor people dying from flooding," Janata Dal (Secular) tweeted.
Former union minister M Veerappa Moily also slammed Yediyurappa, saying: "One government of BS Yediyurappa has collapsed. no steering even after 2 weeks of power. "
Floods, landslides require four lives in Kerala; red signal in four areas
Kerala also flooded and wide landslides took four lives. A 50-year-old man was killed in Atapadi, a tribal neighborhood in Palakkad district, after a tree fell on his house while a one-year-old girl died after a landslide in Iduki. There was another death from Kanur when a 58-year-old man drowned when he fell into a stream. Disaster management sources say 32 deaths have been reported since the start of the monsoon on June 6 this year.
In four areas, a red signal was heard and torrential rains flooded low-lying areas, leaving people stuck in homes and isolated places. The Kerala government has sought the assistance of the Indian Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to conduct rescue operations. More than 2,000 people have been moved to relief camps, official sources said PTI"The army is conducting rescue and rescue operations in Wéanad and Coorg," the defense release said.
The water entered Lord Shiva's famous temple, located on the banks of the Periyar River. According to authorities, seventy-five percent of the temple structure is currently under water. Road transport and train services were disrupted through Kerala and all passenger trains were canceled, railway sources said.
Widespread landslides were also reported by the Munnar tourist district, with most major roads blocked and Marayur, the sandalwood forest reserve, isolated.
Water levels in rivers and dams have increased throughout the country, with the Kannur, Wayanad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Kasaragod districts facing a flood-like situation. Large rivers such as Manimala, Menahail, Movvattupuzha, Chaliyar, Valapattanam, Iruwajinjju and Pamba are wide.
AP CM is conducting an aerial survey of flood victim Polavaram, Devipatnam
In Andhra Pradesh, YS Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected regions of Polavaram and Devipatnam in the eastern and western regions of Godavari, even as the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage in Dooleswaram crossed the second danger sign.
According to officials, over 13.47 lacquers of running water poured into the Godavari SAC barrage and many were discharged into the Delta sewage systems and into the Bay of Bengal. At Polavaram, the water level rose to 27.86 meters and increased due to the high inflow of the Bhadrachalam stream where the first warning signal was issued.
In Andhra Pradesh, a heavy spill in the upper catchment area of Odisha has led to heavy tributaries in the Vamsadhara and Nagali rivers, the State Disaster Management Authority said.
NDRF and SDRF teams, in addition to fire and rescue personnel, were deployed in the Srikakulam district for flood relief and relief operations. Eleven relief camps have been set up, housing 3 297 people and providing food.
More than 70 percent of the populated villages were tribal dwellings, an official said. Reddy asked officials to supply essential goods to families in populated villages as well as those who were uprooted. In addition to paying compensation for the loss of the crop, the Chief Minister directed employees to supply fresh seeds free of charge.
Rivers swell in MP; IMD forecast heavy rain in Odisha
About 150 families were evacuated to Pernam, Biholim, Kanakona and Bardes tehsil from Goa after torrential rains and the release of water from Tilari Dam on the border with Goa-Maharashtra, according to the state government.
In Odisha, meanwhile, a man was killed and his son disappeared after being swept into the gushing waters while crossing a hilly stream in the Belgar district of Kandhamal district.
The deep depression, which caused heavy rain in most parts of Odisha, weakened in depression and lay centered over northern Chhattisgarh and the surrounding area, according to a special newsletter.
A 30-year-old woman was swept into a swollen river in the Mandla district as rain swept large parts of Madhya Pradesh. Nearly 100 people were evacuated from low-lying areas and moved to safer places in the Barwani district, where the Narmada River flowed 5.62 meters above its dangerous sign in the watershed area of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, located in adjoining Gujarat.
In addition, the Tapti River overflowed in the Multtai region of the Betul district, flooding many temples along its banks. This was announced by Barwani collector Amit Tomar PTI that the water level of Narmada had reached 128.90 meters in the village of Rajhhat from the district. The dangerous sign of the river in this village is 123.28 meters. About 100 people living in low-lying areas of Rajhat and Chhota Bada villages have been moved to safe places, Tomar said.
Average rainfall of more than 100 mm was recorded in five areas of Odisha in the last 24 hours, ending at 8.30. On Thursday.
IMD is forecast for heavy rainfall in several areas, including Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Nuapada, Bolangir, Kalahandi and Naharangpur by Friday. About 2 172 people were evacuated in six blocks (Malkangiri, Cairoput, Matili, Corcunda, Kalimela and Podii) to 24 shelters. Free kitchens are also open to them, with medical teams visiting aid centers, state officials said.
Two people died in rain-related incidents in Tamil Nadu's city of Coimbatore, even as heavy rains flooded the Nilgiris, Teni, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari regions, filling water bodies, including reservoirs, in those areas. About 100 families were sheltered in 16 high-relief camps in the Nilgiris, where many areas were flooded and left without power.
In Coimbatore, two contract workers were killed and another critically injured in the collapse of the gods who guarded railway tracks. A 65-year-old man has died after his house collapsed near Udhagamandalam after continuous rains over the past four days.
In Megalay, more than 1.65 lakh people were affected this year by flooding in two areas – West Garo Hills and Southwest Garo Hills, official sources said.
NDRF creates a 24×7 control room in Delhi
According to the R&D, 125 people were rescued, while 39,500 others were evacuated from flood-affected areas during the last monsoon season.
"NDRF's 176 teams are located or alert in various flood-prone areas across the country. They are in constant contact with local government and other forecasting agencies to respond quickly to any situation," the NDRF said in a statement.
"The 24×7 GDR control office in Delhi functions around the clock to monitor the situation and liaise with other agencies," the NDRF statement added.
With input from agencies
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