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Heavy rains in Northern Karnataka, Kerala & Maharashtra

August 9, 2019

Heavy rains and floods were reported in northern Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra. State governments have issued an alert in many parts of both the states, and asked people to be on the vigil. Almost 2 lakh people have been evacuated and sent to relief camps in both the states.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has agreed to release five lakh cusecs of water from the Almatti Dam. He even visited parts of the state including Belagavi which was affected by intense rain and floods.

In view of excessive rainfall leading to water-logged roads in parts of Maharashtra, Railways is running a special train between Miraj and Karad. Railways has also dispatched essential items like groceries & medicines to the flood-affected areas of Belagavi in Karnataka-Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Railways and Commerce.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis took an aerial survey of the flood situation at places like Kolhapur, Satara and Sangli. He has asked officials to provide speedy relief to all the people who are affected. Mumbai has been one of the worst hit cities with rains lashing across city and its suburbs and bringing normal life to a standstill.

"Just how massive are #maharashtrafloods? Kolhapur is around 120 kms from Belgaum. The rivers in the areas of western Maharashtra, South Konkan, Goa & North Karnataka witnessed heavy floods in past few days. North Konkan & Vidarbha recieved heavy rains too", tweeted Journalist Janhavee Moole.

"North Karnataka is drowning in floods..lakhs have lost their homes,properties,cattle. Many are in need of food,shelter,basic needs. Many villages evacuated. People are moving to relief centers. Please extend your helping hands", tweeted Vinut Mathapati.

Many rivers across Andhra Pradesh are currently over-flowing creating a flood scare in nearby areas.

Reportedly, heavy rain have lashed across Kerala killing over nine people on Thursday in various rain-related incidents. Last year, during August, the state was gripped by intense floods which killed hundreds of people. But the government has asked not to panic, instead take safety precautionary measures. Kerala chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for a meeting with higher officials to discuss on how to take precautionary measures. Ten teams of NDRF have been requested to be deployed in Kerala.

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