Karnataka

Last fortnight has seen one of the deadliest floods in Karnataka

Authorities confirm 62 persons have died since August 1

The flood waters may have receded, but the toll continues to rise in Karnataka. Disaster management authorities have confirmed that 62 persons have died since August 1, making it one of the deadliest floods in the State since 2009.

Apart from this, 14 people are missing. On Thursday, disaster management authorities increased crop loss-affected areas by over 66,000 hectares to 5.35 lakh hectares, while the number of houses damaged has touched 71,000 now. These figures are likely to increase as flood waters recede and assessment reports come in.

Though the Upper Krishna basin in Maharashtra and parts of Malnad received moderate rains, the inflow into rivers has reduced. On Thursday, inflows into the State through the Krishna was at the rate of 2.26 lakh cusecs. “Inflows into the reservoirs are steadily decreasing; the flood situation has improved,” said the State Disaster Management Authority. However, water at the rate of over 5 lakh cusecs continued to be released from Almatti and Narayanayapura dams.

While over 40,000 persons have returned home from relief camps, the 943 operational camps continue to harbour around 3.5 lakh people.

Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre forecasts light rain in Belagavi district, which is the worst affected, while coastal and Malnad regions are most likely to receive widespread with moderate to heavy rains.

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