Flood like conditions has wreaked havoc in Karnataka. The flood situation continued to stay grim on Sunday in four districts of Karnataka with Krishna and Bhima rivers in spate as the Army, the national and state disaster response forces undertook relief work, evacuating hundreds of marooned people, officials stated. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said many villages in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts were either completely or partially submerged due to floods caused by heavy rains last week and he would undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on October 21.
As per the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority (KDMA), a total of 20,269 people, including 15,078 in badly- hit Kalaburgi, have been relocated so far by the personnel of the Army, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) besides local police and district authorities. There was no loss to human lives anywhere in the flood-affected areas whereas two cattle died in Vijayapura, KDMA Commissioner Manoj Rajan said. A total of 111 villages in the four districts have been affected by the floods, caused by heavy rains and water released by the dams in neighboring Maharashtra.
"Two NDRF, one SDRF and one Army column have been deployed in Kalaburagi while two Indian Air Force helicopters are on standby. Similarly, the NDRF and the Army personnel are deployed in the other three districts. The situation is under control," Rajan told PTI. CM of Karnataka said the floods have also resulted in damage to the crops. "In the given circumstances, it has become necessary to carry out an aerial survey to understand the actual situation. Against this background, I will be carrying out an aerial survey of Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura on October 21," he said in a release in Bengaluru.