174 reported dead and over 75 people missing as flood toll rises in India

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:


  • Disaster management authorities reported Sunday that the death toll between August 8 and 11 in three states had already reached 174 while 58 others are reported missing and 32 wounded as floods continue in India.
  • Kerala, Gujarat and Karnataka have each suffered losses where most of its districts were submerged as water levels rose destroying thousands of homes and crops.
  • So far, 2.5 lakh people have already been evacuated to various relief camps across the state, according to the Times of India.



As floods continue to claim lives over the weekend in India, the overall death toll now stands at 174 including 33 deaths from 3 states–Kerala, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Between August 8 and 11, 72 people had been killed with 58 missing and 32 others injured, according to the Kerala state disaster management authority on Sunday. Up until now, 2.5 lakh people have already been transported to different relief camps across the state, reported the Times of India.

While there is no ‘extremely heavy’ rain warning for Kerala on Monday, an orange alert was issued in the Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts where fishermen were warned not to go into the sea due to strong winds and dangerously high waves.

On Saturday evening, six farmworkers in Saurashtra’s Surendranagar were drowned after water levels rose in the Falku River which they attempted to cross on a tractor. In addition, the Coast Guard is searching for five fishermen who are believed to be dead after 3 boats overturned in the rough waters of the Arabian Sea.

More rain was recorded in Gujarat in the first 11 days of August than in June and July. Rainfall amounting to 347.29 mm was noted between August 1 and 11 bringing the seasonal rain deficit to below 17 percent.

Meanwhile, a Gujarat police constable Pruthviraj Sinh Jadeja received praises from social media when his video posted by state broadcaster Doordarshan showed him carrying two children on his shoulders as he bravely crossed a 1.5-km stretch of floodwater.

Even as rains slackened off in the North Karnataka districts including Belagavi on Sunday, the situation remains bleak. Reports said that 40 people are feared to have died in the floods with 9 confirmed deaths, while 14 others are still missing and almost 6 lakh people were evacuated.

Losses from the floods had already risen to Rs. 10,000 crore where 80 talukas in 17 Karnataka districts have been affected while more than 21,000 houses and crops have been damaged, according to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.

A record outflow of 3 lakh cusecs of water from the Tungabhadra dam on Sunday flooded the heritage town of Hampi while the KRS dam which released 1.5 lakh cusecs submerged the nearby towns of Srirangapatna and a bird sanctuary at Ranganathitthu.

While no deaths within the past 24 hours had been reported in Maharashtra and its death toll remained at 30, 35 villages in Sangli and Kolhapur were still cut off on Sunday.

 

Source: The Weather Channel

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