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Aug 11, 2019

Relief and rescue operations intensify in flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, Kerala & Karnataka

In Maharashtra, the flood situation is improving as the water level of rivers in Sangali, Satara and Kolhapur districts have started receding. Water discharge of 5 lakh 30 Thousand cusecs continued today from Almatti Dam in Karnataka to ease the flood situation in Maharashtra. No heavy rain was recorded in the catchment area of flooding Krishna and Panchaganga rivers. Because of this, 9 inches to 1.5 feet fall was seen in the water level of rivers but the water level is still above the danger mark.

Over 4 lakh 41 thousand people have been evacuated across the state. 524 temporary shelters have been set up for them. Heart-warming scenes were witnessed in Rajapur village of Kolhapur district when ladies tied 'Rakhi' to Indian Navy brothers for protecting their lives.

Death toll in recent floods has risen to 40 as 10 bodies were recovered today. Three persons are missing. Relief and rescue operation is in full swing. Food packets are being dropped by helicopters. Teams of National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard,, Navy and Army have been deployed in affected districts. 

Administration examined the possibility of starting traffic on Pune Bengaluru National Highway today but they found it risky because of the speed of receding water. This road will be opened only after the successful test run tomorrow.  

Union Home Minister Amit Shah undertook an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Karnataka today and held discussion with the officials undertaking rescue and relief measures. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and Suresh Angadi were present on this occasion. Briefing media persons in Belagavi after the interaction with officials, Mr Yediyurappa said that the preliminary estimate of calamity related losses are around 10,000 crore rupees in the state.

In Kerala, the intensity of rain has slightly decreased giving a boost to search and rescue operation in flood-affected areas. Official sources said over 60 people lost their lives in heavy rain and landslides in the state in the last few days.

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