Death toll rises to 93 in floods, mudslides in south India


The weather department did not issue a red alert for any of the 14 districts on Tuesday.

Almost 125 people stranded on a road washed away by floods in Gujarat's Kutch district were rescued by the Indian Air Force (IAF), while in Karnataka and Maharashtra works have started to fix roads damaged by landslides and heavy rains.

At least 179 persons died and over 70 are missing in the flood-hit states of Kerala, Karnataka and Maharashtra, official data indicated on Tuesday.

With rains and subsequent floods battering Kerala for the past few days, Eid celebrations in various parts of the state on Monday was a low key affair, which started and ended with prayers.

Previous year too, Eid was marred in Kerala as the state faced the worst floods in a century. Malappuram was rocked by a series of landslips triggered by heavy rain since August 8 at Kavalappara and Kottakunnu in which 24 people have died. After visiting relief camps, he said the government was trying to give support and relief to the families of the victims. With more than a million people in relief camps, there was no celebration.

Over 1,25 lakh people are living in relief camps.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to those who have lost their houses in the floods and landslides, to take up construction work.

Over 35,000 people are in 196 relief camps in Wayanad district.

He also told the gathering that he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday seeking help for flood-hit Kerala.

In states hit by floods, several roads were cleared, allowing partial movement of traffic, with priority being given to trucks carrying essential goods.

Rain and floods have wreaked havoc in Karnataka, with 48 people losing their lives, ANI reported on Tuesday.

The order, issued by Resident Deputy Collector Sanjay Shinde, said that the torrential rains and mega floods since the past 15 days in the district has severely affected normal life, which may result in a disruption of law and order.

Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the IAF, state disaster response forces and local administration are providing relief and conducting rescue operations in states hit by monsoon fury.

IMD has predicted "heavy rainfall" at isolated parts over Kerala from August 12 till August 16.

"A committee which will include chief engineer of the state irrigation department and other officials is being constituted to regularly monitor the release of water from the dams", Pune divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said, adding that such a mechanism was not in place.