Incessant rains wreaked havoc causing floods in many parts of the country this monsoon. At least 170 deaths were reported and huge loss of infrastructure was witnessed in different states bringing normal life to a halt.

In Kerala heavy downpour claimed 72 lives with 58 still missing and injured many in flood related instances across the state between August 8 and 11, according to the reports of Kerala State Disaster Management Authority. Over 2.5 Lakh people were moved to the relief camps.

Districts of Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod are still under the red alert and many are still being evacuated and moved to relief camps. According to IMD Vadakara in Kozhikode received highest rainfall in Kerala on Firday.

In Karnataka, the floods fury has displaced over 5 lakh people across the state with 40 deaths reported since August 1. At least 2028 villages are facing the wrath of the monsoons.  State government has arranged for 1168 relief camps in 17 districts.  

INS Hansa at Naval Air Station at Goa has been continuing aerial rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Belagavi District. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rains in the state.

According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre Belagavi is one of the worst hit districts and is likely to receive scattered moderate rainfall for next 5 days.

Army, Navy, Coast guard along with National Disaster Management Forces, police, fishermen and volunteers were deployed to carry on the rescue and relief operations in various parts of the country. Many parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat are also reeling under floods caused by incessant rains.

Leaders are appealing to people residing in other areas to donate the relief material to the affected people. Various donation points were designated in Kerala for collection of relief items. However, the collection of relief material remains grim compared to the help received from people across the world a year ago when the state was facing similar flood situation.

It is estimated that infrastructure losses due to floods in Karnataka amounts to over 10,000 crore rupees and accurate estimation is expected to be much more.


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