Mangaluru, Aug 10, 2019: Torrential rain, strong winds, landslides, floods claimed eight lives in Karnataka while over two lakh people were evacuated in the wake of torrential downpour that hit life in 14 districts across the state. Heavy inflows into rivers continued to inundate large stretches of land, crop loss around 2.59 lakh hectares of land set to increase.
Connectivity to Dakshina Kannada district was affected as landslides forced authorities to close Charmadi and partially close Shiradi Ghat routes. Roads and bridges were washed away in other parts of the state too. Rail connectivity is yet to be resumed in many parts.
Landslides were reported from Malnad and coastal regions of the state. Seven people were killed in Kodagu district while one was killed in Mysuru. The toll is expected to rise when the floodwater recedes and a clearer picture emerges.
According to the state government, 874 villages from 68 taluks were affected, forcing authorities to evacuate 2.07 lakh people. The government has released Rs 100 crore under the State Disaster Response Fund to 14 districts, of which Rs 25 crore will go to the worst-hit Belagavi.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said it will take a few more days for the government to estimate the total loss.
The situation is expected to improve in the next few days as the India Meteorological Department has downgraded the red alert issued to parts of the state to orange.