Republic Media Network's Alisha Nair reported from flood-ravaged Shirgur village of Belgavi district, one of the worst affected regions in the state. In the visuals above, one can see the Maratha regiment of the Army travelling in the inundated region on a raft-like structure. The entire village has been completely flooded.
The officers informed Republic about the situation in the village. They said that the village is completely submerged with floodwater and the height of the water is 15-20 feet. They added that rescue operations in still going on.
In Karnataka, the toll rose to 31 with four more people dying in rain elated incidents. A total of 3.14 lakh people have been evacuated, of whom 2.18 lakh are staying in 924 relief camps, official sources said. Union Home Minister Amit Shah undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in some affected areas onboard an army helicopter. He was accompanied by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, union ministers Pralhad Joshi and Suresh Angadi, Rajya Sabha member Prabhakar Kore and Hukkeri BJP MLA Umesh Katti.
The government has assessed that 21,431 houses and crops in 4.16 lakh hectares had been damaged in the floods following heavy rains. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of the worst-affected Belagavi and Bagalkote districts.
In the wake of series of landslides, the national highway connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru will remain closed at least till Monday, official sources said. They also said there was a slight reduction in the water level in the Netravati river in Dakshina Kannada district. The water level near Bantwal has reduced from 11 metres above the danger level to 9.1 metres above the danger level. The overflowing river waters inundated several areas in Bantwal with the affected people, including the family of former union minister Janardhana Pujari, being rescued. The world heritage site Hampi along the banks of Tungabhadra River in Ballari district has been inundated with authorities releasing over 1.70 lakh cusecs from a reservoir on Sunday morning.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the people who lost their lives in the floods that have crippled the . "20 National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams, 10 Army teams, five Navy teams, and two State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams are engaged in rescue operations," Yediyurappa said.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum. Meanwhile, all schools and colleges -- government and private -- in affected flood-hit districts will remain closed till August 15.
All Konkan Railway trains were also cancelled after a landslide occurred near Karwar area. deceased," Around 1,024 villages in 80 talukas of 17 districts have been affected due to floods caused by incessant rains in the region.
(With agency inputs)