Monsoon floods in India kill at least 100, displace thousands

Monsoon floods in India kill at least 100, displace thousands

Flight operations at the worldwide airport here were suspended on Thursday for four hours till midnight as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rains lashing the region, an official said. Landslides were reported near Maranahalli in Sakaleshpur, said official sources. The private boat was carrying around 30 to 32 people affected by the flood to a safer place, Pune divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said. "What we understand is that 15 people are still missing", he said, adding search operations by Army and National Disaster Response Force personnel are underway. "So far, three bodies have been retrieved and two could be saved".

Around this time of the year in 2018, Kerala was hit by a similar disaster of much greater magnitude when rains of unprecedented intensity whipped the state. Authorities have set up 988 relief camps with 107,699 people. Some people shifted but some didn't. In the report, experts cite possible explanation from dam authorities (state governments in both states) and raise questions to those explanations.

Schools and colleges in the affected districts have been closed since Monday and are unlikely to open this week, said a government official.

They also said the landslides in Meppadi and Kavalapara had affected almost 100 acres of land and incessant rain was hampering the rescue operations. Taking a cue from incidents of delayed evacuation past year, he requested people in low-lying areas to evacuate without waiting for the water to reach shoulder-high levels.

Around 1,000 people were evacuated in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar and Barwani districts with the river Narmada flowing above the danger mark.

Relief for Sangli Karnataka agreed to release 5 lakh cusecs water from Almatti Dam after CM Fadanvis spoke to BS Yediyurappa.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan warned: "Tomorrow also there will be severe rains".

The state is reeling under floods and landslides again in the successive year.

A dozen rescue teams of the Indian Navy are being deployed in the flood-devastated Sangli district of western Maharashtra, an official said on Friday.

The rail traffic also continued to be disrupted on Saturday due to landslips and trees falling on the tracks in many parts of the state.

The Met department has issued a red alert in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasargod Districts of the state for Friday and in Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur for August 10. "People residing on the banks of Karaman rivulet have been shifted", said P Manoharan, Assistant Executive Engineer (Research and Safety Sub-division), Banasura Sagar.

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