Flood in Kerala, Karnataka: Toll rises to 80; IMD issues red alert

Thiruvananthapuram/Bangalore: The rain fury in Karnataka and Kerala hasn’t eased up, making the lives of residents in the state a watery hell. Total 80 people have lost their lives in the floods in the two southern states so far, while lakhs have been displaced. Updates:

  • Four more people have died in rain-related incidents in Karnataka, taking the toll to 31 on Sunday
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Belagavi district and Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will join him in the exercise

3.14 lakh people evacuated

  • As many as 3.14 lakh people have been evacuated and of them 2.18 lakh people are staying in 924 relief camps 
  • The government has assessed that 21,431 houses and crops in 4.16 lakh hectares had been damaged in the floods 
  • In the wake of a series of landslides, the national highway connecting Bengaluru and Mangaluru will remain closed at least till Monday
  •  Reports received here said Tungabhadra river in Ballari completely submerged a bridge near Hampi Fort, affecting road traffic between Kampli and Gangavathi towns

Death toll in Kerala rises to 59 

  • The death toll in the monsoon fury in Kerala rose to 59 on Sunday with two bodies being recovered 
  • Over 1.65 lakh people have taken shelter in 1,318 relief camps across the southern state where the rains have triggered numerous landslides or caused floods in most of its 14 districts 

Red alert for 3 Kerala districts

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert for three districts – Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod for Sunday 
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will arrive on a two-day visit to Kerala Sunday afternoon and would visit his Lok Sabha constituency Wayanad, which is among the worst affected 
  • The international airport at the state’s commercial capital Kochi, which was closed for two days after the inundation of the runway, resumed operations on Sunday noon
  • The Southern Railway on Sunday fully cancelled 10 trains including the Mangaluru-Thiruvananthapuram Express, Maveli Express, Malabar Express, Kannur-Ernakulam Intercity Express, Ernakulam-Bangalore Intercity express and four passenger trains