Flood situations in Karnataka have become complicated while Udupi remains the worst-hit area in the state.
Heavy rains have caused destruction along the coastal Karnataka region, as 105 villages in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts are submerged after heavy downpour which began on Saturday night.
At least 77 villages in Udupi and 28 villages in Dakshina Kannada have been affected, while crops have been submerged. Nearly 1,126 houses have been partially damaged while 13 houses are fully damaged prompting the government to rush in the state’s disaster management force.
The Indian Meteorological Department has sounded a red alert across all three coastal districts in Malnad area including Chikkamagaluru, Shimoga, Hassan and Kodagu districts till Tuesday morning.
The National Disaster Response Force teams from Mangaluru and Mysuru have reached the flood-affected areas.
State Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Sunday said he has directed the Udupi district authority to take relief measures immediately.
As many as 4,124 people have been evacuated to safer places, while 1,250 people have sought refuge across 36 relief centres set up by the state government on Sunday. Around 30 houses in Manai village near Hiriyadka were submerged and residents are being shifted.
According to the bulletin issued by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, heavy rains are likely to continue for the next few days in Bidar, Kalaburagi, Raichur, Vijayapura, Yadgir, Koppal, Belagavi, Bagalkote, Gadag, Dharwad, Haveri and Ballari districts.
According to a new review by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, flood management in India still remains very complex. Urban floods are a particularly evolving risk, due to unplanned city growth and poor drainage infrastructure.