Great deluge hits N-Karnataka

OFF Track: A railway track was severely damaged due to flooding near Raichur on Friday. KPN

As many as 20 people were feared killed in a landslide in Karwar in Uttara Kannada district on Friday. The death toll on Friday alone crossed the 50 mark.
More than 40 villages are marooned while 13 people have lost lives so far in Gulbarga district as the downpour entered fourth successive day in Gulbarga district. A large number of villages have remained cut off due to overflowing of bridge. Discharge of 4.6 lakh cusec water has further aggravated the situation in the villages located on the down stream of river Krishna.

People were shifted to safer places through the mechanical boats in Surapur taluk. The district administration has opened gruel centres at various places.
District in-charge minister Lakshman Savadi reviewed the situation at the flood-hit villages in Surapur taluk. Deputy Commissioner Dr R Vishala said that 100 members of NDR team are expected to arrive to assist in rescue operations in the State of whom 30 will be sent to Gulbarga district.

Unabated rain for the sixth day has thrown life out of gear in Gadag district. Holemannuru, Hole Aluru, Gasagoli and other villages are submerged and people boarded trains in an attempt to save their lives.

Two persons including a woman and 12 cattle were killed due to heavy rains in Davangere. The district has recorded a rainfall of 21.85 mm rains.  Soolekere, the second largest lake in Asia has breached after 17 years. An elderly woman was killed in wall collapse in Keshavapur village of Holalkere taluk in Chitradurga district. Water level in Rangaiahnadurga reservoir in Molakalmuru taluk has risen to 33 feet. The Deputy Commissioner has asked the people living in low-lying areas to move to safer places.

In Bijapur, 28 persons have died and more than one lakh people have lost shelter. The district has recorded 280 mm rain over the last four days. Ukumanala village is submerged and the public have taken refuge on the roads. All schools and Colleges have been declared holiday on Saturday.

A child was killed and five sustained injurieries as a house collapsed at Manchanabele in Chikkaballapur district on Friday. Bellary district has recorded 93 mm rain in the last 24 hours while Bagalkot recorded 155 mm in the last two days. Belgaum recorded 102 mm rain and even Haveri district received heavy rains.
Water level in Linganamakki reservoir has raised and only 0.80 feet is left to be full.

Helpline
Karnataka Police have set up a control room to monitor rescue operation in flood-hit areas. DG and IGP Ajay Kumar Singh has appealed to the public affected by floods to contact the following numbers. Control room - 080-22211777/ 22942111/ 22942777 or toll free number - 1800 4250 100.

Rs 100 cr released for relief works
Chitradurga: The government has released a sum of Rs 100 crore to take up relief works in 12 districts affected by the heavy downpour.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who was here to take part in the valedictory of Sharana Samskriti Utsav on Friday, told reporters that a total of Rs 72 crore has been released to Bijapur, Bagalkot, Raichur, Gadag, Koppal and Bellary districts, while Rs 18 crore has been released to Belgaum, Gulbarga and Dharwad districts. A sum of Rs 5 crore each has been released to Bidar and Chitradurga districts, the CM revealed.

A meeting with Opposition Parties has been called on October 5 to discuss on the drought and flood situation in the State.

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