Heavy Rains and Floods Updates: Two IAF choppers deployed for rescue operations in Belagavi, nine dead in Karnataka

Heavy Rains and Floods Updates: The Maharashtra district administration in Sangli said that nine people had died in the rescue boat capsizing accident while three were feared drowned.

FP Staff August 08, 2019 20:37:58 IST
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Heavy Rains and Floods Updates: Two IAF choppers deployed for rescue operations in Belagavi, nine dead in Karnataka


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Pinarayi Vijayan advises people to follow directions from local officials in Kerala

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted as the state administration braced itself for heavy rain and a flood-like situation.

After Vijayan chaired a high-profile meeting with senior officers, he said, "Forecasters predict heavy rains in many parts of the state. Red alerts have been issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts. If you live in one of the affected areas, be sure to follow directions from your local officials. If told to evacuate, do so immediately!"


Aug 08, 2019 - 20:32 (IST)

Two Indian Air Force choppers were deployed in Belagavi district for rescue operations

Aug 08, 2019 - 20:31 (IST)

Sangli boat accident: Maharashtra CM announces Rs 5 lakh compensation to kin of deceased

Talking to the media, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that four people lost their lives in Kolhapur on Thursday, while 3,813 houses were damaged. He said that 390 water supply schemes became dysfunctional due to floods.

Fadnavis said that Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to the kin of those who lost their lives in the Sangli boat capsize. He also said that the government is working to ease petrol and diesel shortage, adding that ministers Chandrakant Patil, Girish Mahajan, MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati and other leaders assisting and monitoring rescue and relief measures.

He said that Home Minister Amit Shah assured all assistance required to the state and that he spoke to BS Yediyurappa on Almatti dam discharge. Fadnavis added that a team of doctors in Mumbai has been readied to travel to affected districts, if required, while enough stock of medicine is being made available. “Evacuation and saving people’s lives is the top priority at the moment. Restoration of electric supply is also a prime agenda,” he said.

Crops over 67,000 hectares are damaged in Kolhapur district.

Aug 08, 2019 - 20:21 (IST)

In video of rescue operations in Maharashtra's Sangli, NDRF vowed to 'leave no one behind'

Aug 08, 2019 - 20:17 (IST)

An unoccupied house in Kerala's Kalpetta collapsed due to heavy rains in the district

Aug 08, 2019 - 20:16 (IST)

BBMP members, corporators to donate month's salary to CM Relief Fund

After the flood situation worsened in Karnataka, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) members announced that they will donate a month's salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Over 198 ward corporators of the BBMP pledged to donate the said amount.

Earlier in the day, Karnataka Health and Family Welfare directorate issued directions to district surgeons and health and family development officers to not grant any leaves till 15 August due to flood situation in the state.


Aug 08, 2019 - 20:10 (IST)

Shilling siblings donate Rs 50,000 from pocket money for flood relief

Three siblings in Shillong donated Rs 50,000 from their pocket money to the chief minister's relief fund to help flood victims in the state, PTI reported. Joyharvard N Marak, who is currently studying at Shillong Commerce College, and his siblings Tengsu and Dede Richa handed over the cheque to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma at his office.

Over 1.65 lakh people have been affected in the state this year due to floods in two districts -- West Garo Hills and South West Garo Hills - the official sources said. Authorities have set up relief camps for the victims and provided them with basic amentities, they added.


Aug 08, 2019 - 20:07 (IST)

27 dead in Pune division, two lakh evacuated from Kolhapur, Sangli, Satara​

27 people have died due to floods in five districts of Pune division, Deepak Mhaisekar divisional commissioner, told ANI. Over two lakh people have been evacuated from three districts, namely Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara.

Aug 08, 2019 - 20:02 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh CM announces Rs 5,000 compensation for each flood-affected family in state

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy conducted an aerial survey of the flood-hit Polavaram and Devipatnam regions in East and West Godavari districts, even as the water level at Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram crossed the second danger mark. Over 13.47 lakh cusecs of floodwater was flowing into the SAC Barrage on the Godavari and that much was being discharged into the Delta canal systems and Bay of Bengal, according to officials.

Jagan announced a special relief of Rs 5,000 to each flood-affected family which have lost their livelihood. More than 70 percent of the inundated villages were tribal habitations, he pointed out. He asked officials to supply essential commodities to families in inundated villages as well as those marooned. Besides paying compensation for crop loss, the chief minister directed officials to supply fresh seeds free-of-cost.

Aug 08, 2019 - 19:59 (IST)

150 families evacuated amid heavy rains in Goa

Around 150 families have been evacuated in four tehsils of Goa following heavy rains and release of water from Tillari dam on Goa-Maharashtra border, the state government informed on Thursday. The evacuations took place in the Pernem, Bicholim, Canacona and Bardez tehsils over the last 48 hours.

Aug 08, 2019 - 19:57 (IST)

16 deaths relating to floods and rains in South India

At least 16 people have died in rain-related incidents over the past few days in parts of South India. Four deaths were reported from Kerala and three in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. An alert has been sounded in four districts of Kerala and over 2,000 people have been shifted to relief camps. In Andhra Pradesh's Srikakulam district, a third warning signal was raised as the flood level at Gotta Barrage on River Vamsadhara crossed 1.11 lakh cusecs.

Torrential rains battered hilly Nilgiris and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu. In Karnataka, 43,858 people from affected districts in northern, coastal and Malnad have been evacuated by rescue teams comprising Fire and Emergency department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army. Nine people have been killed in various rain-related incidents, with Belagavi suffering the maximum casualty of six, authorities said. Two persons lost their lives in rain-related incidents in Uttara Kannada district.

A 50-year-old man was killed in Attappadi, a tribal hamlet in Palakkad district, after a tree fell on his house while a one year-old girl died following landslip in Idukki. Another death was reported from Kannur when a 58-year-old man drowned when he fell into a stream, sources said. In Coimbatore, two contract labourers were killed and another critically injured when the godown keeping railway parcels collapsed in the early hours Thursday, police said. A 65-year-old man died after his house collapsed near Udhagamandalam following incessant rains over the past four days.


Heavy Rains and Floods Updates: The Maharashtra district administration in Sangli said that nine people had died in the rescue boat capsizing accident while three were feared drowned. Three were still missing, the statement said, while 15 people were rescued. There were 30 people on the boat.

Reports also said that at least 1 lakh people have been displaced in the state since the flood-like situation started three days ago. CNN-News18 reported that locals accused the state administration of being absent while the situation worsened over the last few days.

Reports on Thursday said that 22 teams were aiding the rescue and relief operations in Maharashtra's Kolhapur after a rescue boat carrying 30 people capsized in Sangli district and led to the death of nine people.

The teams include teams from the NDRF, the Indian Navy, the Coast Guard, the Indian Army, the State Disaster Response Force. 11 of the 22 teams have been deployed in Sangli.

One column of the Indian Army, the Defence Security Corps, which included 57 personnel, have been moved to Kerala's Wayanad for relief and recuse operations, NDTV reported on Thursday.

The Karnataka government on Thursday cancelled the leave of all health department employees in light of the escalating flood situation in the state. On Wednesday, reports said that nearly 26,000 people had been evacuated and five people were killed in rain-related incidents in this week.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a high-level meeting with top government officials on Thursday to take stock of the situation as parts of the state ar facing a flood-like situation due to incessant rainfall. District collectors have been directed to monitor the situation continuously.

At least, 14 are feared dead as a boat carrying 30 capsized during a rescue operation in Maharashtra's Sangli. More details are awaited. Heavy to very heavy rainfall in states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Odisha has unleashed random flooding in various parts of the country. Casualties were reported, villages cut off and normal life came to a standstill.

Kerala, which is still recovering from last year's fatal and ravage deluge, has been issued a red alert in various districts, including Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode districts. "These districts are likely to get extremely heavy rainfall of over 240 mm in 24 hours and may experience landslides," an IMD release said.

A woman died in Malappuram District when a tree got uprooted and fell over her house, the District Management Authority told PTI. Palakkad District also received heavy rains on Wednesday. The IMD had declared an Orange alert in various districts from 6 to 9 August, including in Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kasargod, Alapuzha, Idukki, Ernakulam, Kannur and Thrissur districts.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an "extremely heavy rain" warning for Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts of Western Maharashtra for Thursday.

The districts of Kolhapur and Sangli have been battered by rains for the last few days and grappling with floods. However, there was no warning for Sangli district which may get only light-to-moderate rain, the IMD said on Wednesday evening.

"Extremely heavy rain' warning is issued for Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts, especially for ghat (hilly) areas, on 7 August and 8 August, and on 9 August, there is a heavy to very heavy rain warning for these three districts, especially for ghat areas," said Anupam Kashyapi, head of weather department, IMD.

On Thursday, Pune city too is likely to get a good spell of rain, he said. "There is a red alert exclusively for ghat areas of Pune district," said Kashyapi.

As the dams near Pune are filled to the brim, more water will have to be released, so there is a possibility of "partial inundation" in Pune city and outskirts on Friday, he said.

Ghat areas of Kolhapur are expected to receive extremely heavy rain on Thursday and "heavy to very heavy rain" the day after.

Elsewhere in Maharashtra, there will be a reduction in the rainfall activity on 10 and 11 August, there will be a significant reduction lasting for at least three to four days, Kashyapi said.

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