Bangalore: Heavy rains in the country's southwest states over the past several days have created severe flood situation there. The rivers are overflowing. Water is being released from dams which make the situation more serious. The number of casualties in five south-west states, including Kerala-Karnataka, has risen to 197 due to rain and floods. Kerala has suffered the most due to this heavy rain. 76 people have lost their lives here. 2.87 lakh people have been evacuated.
In Wayanad-Mallapuram, 50 people are still feared trapped. Meanwhile, the Kerala University has postponed all the examinations scheduled for August 13 till the situation is normalized. In neighbouring Karnataka, the flood has so far caused 42 deaths and 5.81 lakh people have been shifted to relief camps. The flood has caused a loss of Rs 10,000 crore in the state, said CM BS Yeddyurappa. He has sought the assistance of three thousand crore rupees from the Centre.
On the other hand, former PM Deve Gowda has written a letter to PM Modi terming it as the worst flood in six decades and demanded interim assistance of 5,000 crore rupees from the Centre. DMK Chief MK Stalin announces assistance of Rs 10 crore for relief in Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu. In Maharashtra, flood water has receded in Kolhapur and Sangli, with 4.48 lakh people evacuated. The six-day Mumbai-Bangalore highway was also opened on Monday. In Gujarat, the Air Force has airlifted 125 people from Kutch to safer places. Till recently, the north-eastern part of the country was in the grip of floods.
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