Flood situation in Karnataka continues grim, 35K people evacuated

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Formmer chief minister H D Kumaraswamy has blamed the inaction of the government for the deterioration of the flood situation. 

Over 35, 000 people have been evacuated in four district of Karnataka with flood situation turning worse after the Bhima river continued to flow above the danger mark, a Hindustan Times report quoting officials said on Monday.

According to the Central water commission, the Bhima river has been in spate since October 14 due to torrential rain in Maharashtra and release of water from the dams there. The river, which is a tributary of the Krishna, has wreaked havoc in Kalaburagi, Vijayapura,Yadgir and Raichur, which are experiencing intermittent heavy rain.

Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) officials said as many as 97 villages in the four districts are worst affected and people residing there have been shifted to safety.

“So far we have evacuated 36,290 people. We have opened 174 relief camps where 28,007 people are staying,” the HT report quoted a KSNDMC official as saying.

The Army and the disaster response force personnel are engaged in evacuating people from the flood hit areas, according to sources. Meanwhile, in Bengaluru the heavy downpour since Sunday night resulted in waterlogging in some places.

According to the India Meteorological Department, the city recorded 39.6 mm rainfall at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited based weather observatory in the 24 hour period ending 0830 am today.

This is the third time that Karnataka is combating a flood in recent years but despite the real and present danger, rescue forces were not stationed in the affected areas to help the locals, according to a report in Times Now. While the Army and other rescue forces managed to prevent the loss of life, little was done to manage the water level in Krishna and Bhima rivers.

Pointing out the laxity shown by the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Maharashtra Water Resource Minster Jayant R Patil said that as 95 per cent of dams in the state were full, they took the decision of opening them. He said that the Maharashtra government had informed the deputy commissioner of Karnataka about the situation, all in vain.

Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said that he had requested the CM to depute ministers but his advice fell on deaf ears. He added that the government needs to re-evaluate its priorities to ensure the welfare of the people.

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