Nine Dead in Karnataka Floods, Rescue Teams Evacuate 80,000 From Affected Areas

In Belagavi district, worst-hit by the floods, six people have lost their lives.

Bengaluru: Authorities have evacuated 80,000 more people from flood-hit and rain-affected areas in Karnataka, where the rain fury in the last few days has left nine people dead.

Joint rescue teams comprising personnel from Fire and Emergency Department, State Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Response Force and Army have evacuated 1,24,291 people so far, an official statement said Friday.

The cumulative figure for yesterday was 43,858.

Nine additional NDRF teams have been airlifted for rescue operations including five to Belagavi and two to Kodagu, the statement said.

Two Indian Air Force choppers have been deployed for rescue operations.

Army personnel carry out rescue operations in Karnataka’s Belgaum district on August 9. Photo: PTI

“One more chopper will be deployed in Raichur,” it said.

In Belagavi district, the worst-hit by the floods, six people have lost their lives, while 1,410 kms of road and 4,019 government buildings have been damaged.

“As on 8 am today (Friday), 3.91 lakh cusecs (of water) is reaching Belagavi border from Maharashtra,” the statement said.

The floods and rains have left a trail of destruction in vast areas of north, coastal and Malnad districts of the State.

Other affected districts include Bagalkot, Vijayapura, Raichur, Yadgiri, Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada, Shivamogga, Kodagu and Chikkamagalur.