Karnataka CM Yediyurappa during a video conference session on the flood-affected areas (image: twitter)

The army and the State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) have been deployed in Karnataka’s Belagavi district for rescue operations.

According to reports, a large contingent of personnel from the Army (90), SDRF (43) and fire and emergency services (75) have been deployed in the villages.

Two teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), having 50 personnel, would be arriving by Sunday evening in Chikkodi, officials told.

The forces are going to work with the police and revenue officers in the relief operations in 69 villages that have been affected.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has deputed 30 boats to evacuate stranded families.

In Raichur district, an NDRF team will arrive to rescue over 1,000 people in six villages.

The Deputy Commissioner S.B. Bommahanalli has issued a warning to citizens to avoid the rivers, water bodies and low-lying areas. As many as 32 villages have been put on high alert.

Additionally, 37 other villages have been warned on the Krishna river banks.

Bommahanalli said the water level in the Krishna river is expected to increase by 4 feet that may impact the crops and also the villages near the banks.

The District Collector (DC) and Police SP had visited the impacted villages on Saturday and Sunday.

Moreover, Whatsapp groups have been created which the DC, SP, reserve police and other officials could use to stay updated on the situation.

In the meantime, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said he would begin an aerial survey of the damage on Monday.

The announcement was made after the CM held a press conference with district officials on Sunday afternoon.


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