"There are some people with us in this relief camp who are around 100 years old. These people say that they have never seen so much rain in their lives and nor have they seen the level of water rising to such an extent. ''
These words are from Gangappa Dasappa Shirsel, who is a clerk in a gram panchayat in Belagavi district, Karnataka.
"More than 450 houses built of mud were washed away in Benswadi, Makkalagiri and surrounding villages," says Shirsel. Only four or five pucca houses can withstand the flood waters. The water level had reached so high that we were not sure about it.
According to Shircel, there was much more rain than previously expected and after that the water was released from the Hidkal Dam over the Ghataprabha and Markandeya rivers, due to which the situation became worse.
Shircel is currently in a relief camp in Melwanki area in Gokak district. Like them, about 95 thousand people have come to live in 467 relief camps in the last three days. In Karnataka, these relief camps have been built by the Army and the NDRF.
Krishna river havoc
The Krishna River started flowing above normal levels in Maharashtra with the thrust of the southwest monsoon. Due to this, at least 44 people have died in the last three days in Karnataka and Kerala. Out of this 28 deaths have occurred only in Kerala.
After the rise in the Krishna river water level in Maharashtra, water was released from it, due to which flood conditions were created in Belagavi and Bagalkot districts of northern Karnataka.
At the same time, due to heavy rains in the southern and coastal districts of Karnataka, the flood situation was created. Kodagu, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada are the main ones. At the same time, heavy rains caused havoc in Kerala.
The most affected districts in Kerala were Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad.
According to the latest report, the rainfall in Maharashtra has decreased slightly due to which the water level in Krishna River and North Karnataka has come down slightly.
TK Anil Kumar, head and revenue secretary of the Disaster Management Center in Karnataka, said, "Even though the rain has not stopped in northern Karnataka, the water released from the dams is expected to be reduced somewhat. However, the southern part of Karnataka is still raining heavily. All these places in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada have been elevated. ''
With this, Anil Kumar says, "The rivers in Belagavi are still in spate." We are hoping that the rain will be less in the coming days.
But the situation in Kerala is completely different. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan took stock of the flood situation in Thiruvananthapuram.
"The water level of the Periyal and Vallapattanam rivers has risen above the danger mark," he said in a conversation with reporters. It is expected to rain on August 15, due to which strong waves can rise in the sea as well.
The Chief Minister said, "Water level can also reach in Chalakudy river. But the kind of reports that are being received there is no possibility of flooding like last year. But this does not mean that we are not cautious. Being alert does not mean being upset. The most important is that no person lives in the flood-affected area.
Vijayan's statement that people should not live in dangerous places is very important because in last year's flood, many people refused to leave their homes, while their houses were in the grip of flood.
Rahul Gandhi's parliamentary area affected
A total of 315 relief camps have been opened for 22,165 people in Kerala. But there are still concerns. There was a lot of rain in Kerala in August last year, so this time it is expected to be the same.
The most affected district in this was Wayanad. Wayanad MP is Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. He is currently advised by the district administration not to go to the affected area.
The administration says that the situation in Wayanad is not better yet and the authorities are busy in relief work.
The situation in Nilgiri district of Tamil Nadu is also bad, but at the moment there is no news of any harm from there.
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