The flood situation in four districts of Karnataka remained severe on Sunday. Here on the banks of the Krishna and Bhim rivers and the army, state and national disaster response forces are working to rescue and evacuate thousands of people trapped in the floods.
Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa said several villages in Kalburgi, Vijayapura, Yadgir and Raichur districts were completely or partially submerged due to heavy rains last week. The chief minister said he would fly to the flood-hit areas on October 21. According to the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority, rescue teams have so far evacuated 20,2699 people from the flood-prone areas. Due to heavy rains and the release of water from dams in neighboring Maharashtra, 111 villages in four districts of Karnataka have been affected by the floods. The chief minister said the floods had also damaged crops.
Heavy rains in Hyderabad add to the woes
Then it rained heavily in Hyderabad. The rain, which started at 6pm on Saturday, continued till Sunday morning. The situation after the rain on the night of October 13th created the same situation in the city again. Roads were flooded in many areas. Like traffic jams. The car was seen floating in the water. Vehicles stopped on the highway. The lake overflowed in the Balanagar area of the city. The surrounding area was flooded. Utpal recorded more than 15 cm of rainfall in Bundelguda and Medchal Malkajgiri near the Singapore suburbs. Besides, roads were flooded in Nampalli, Abidas, Kothi, Basherbagh, Khairatabad, Goshmahal and Vijaynagar colonies. The Disaster Response Force (DRF) of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is engaged in water extraction.
Power will meet the Prime Minister to help rain-affected farmers
On Sunday, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said he would meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and seek help for rain-affected farmers in the state. The former Union Minister, who was on a morning visit to Kankarbari village of Sastur in Osmanabad district of Marathwada, spoke to farmers affected by past torrential rains.
Rains and floods in Maharashtra’s Pune, Konkan and Aurangabad divisions have killed at least 48 people and destroyed millions of hectares of crops. Officials said on Friday that 29 people had died in the Pune division of western Maharashtra due to rains and floods. A total of 116 people have died in the Aurangabad division of central Maharashtra, including Osmanabad. Three people have died in the coastal Konkan region. Talking to the farmers of Sastur village, Powar said, “The central government should help the farmers and for this I will meet the Prime Minister along with the MPs.” Powell said he would travel to New Delhi in the next 8-10 days to meet the Prime Minister.
The rain-affected farmers stopped the minister’s caravan, asking for help
Farmers on Sunday stopped the convoy of Maharashtra minister Vijay Vadetivar in Nanded district due to crop failure due to heavy rains. He demanded to the minister that the government should provide him immediate assistance instead of conducting a survey.
The farmers demanded the state’s disaster management and relief and rehabilitation minister to declare a famine due to the rains. He warned the government that they would protest in Mumbai if the demands were not met. The minister came to check the damage caused by heavy rains in the district. He later assured the farmers that the government would help the affected farmers after receiving the survey report.