Floods in India: The death toll in the floods that have wreaked havoc in Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra crossed 200 today. Though rescue operations were on, several parts of the country continue to reel under floods. More than 12 lakh people have been affected by the floods. The only positive has been that rain in the flooded parts has dwindled barring a few districts of Andhra Pradesh, and the rain has begun to cause worries in Odisha and Telangana.
More states came under the flood radar with heavy rains causing landslides in Uttarakhand and Jammu killing 9 people while 9 others died in Odisha and West Bengal.
In Kerala, the toll is at 76. With the Chief Minister’s Office saying 58 people are missing. The state has set up 1,654 relief camps and have almost 3 lakh people in them. In Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, 116 people have died so far.
In Kerala, rescuers are scouring the worst-hit Puthumala and Kavalappara in Wayanad and Malappuram districts to track the people missing since August 8.
There has been no red alert issued for Tuesday in the state. But in 6 of the 14 districts of the state, an orange alert has been put out. With north Kerala battered, the met department has forecast rain in south Kerala over the next 2 days.
In Karnataka, 48 deaths were reported till Monday evening, whereas 12 people were reported to be missing. CM BS Yediyurappa announced a solatium of Rs 5 lakh each to all those who lost their houses due to the calamity. The Mumbai-Bengaluru highway NH-4 which was flooded near Kolhapur was opened for traffic in stretches.
In Maharashtra, the toll increased to 43 on Monday and on Sunday, almost 4.48 lakh people were rescued by the authorities who were then shifted to 372 temporary camps which included 4.04 lakh people from Sangli and Kolhapur districts, said officials.
In Gujarat, 31 people have died in the flooding following heavy rain. In Kutch district, 125 people were washed away and were then rescued by Indian Air Force rescuers.
In Uttarakhand, six people, including a woman and her toddler, died in landslides in Chamoli district.
In Resai district of Jammu and Kashmir, three members of a family were buried in landslides.