Heavy rains in Maharashtra claimed 47 lives, situation in Karnataka critical, PM speaks to CMs of both states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to the Chief Ministers of the two states over phone over the flood situation caused by heavy rains in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Prime Minister Modi assured both chief ministers of all possible help.

17th October, 2020

Due to heavy rains and release of water from large dams, the flood situation in several parts of Karnataka remained grim on Friday even as heavy rains and flooding in the neighboring states of Pune, Aurangabad and Konkan division of Maharashtra claimed 47 lives in the last three days. Has been lost and millions of hectares of crops have been damaged. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and assured all possible help from the Center.

Thousands transported to safe places

In western Maharashtra, 28 people have died in rain-related incidents. This part of the state comes under Pune division. 16 people died in Aurangabad division of central Maharashtra and three in coastal Konkan. According to Pune's Divisional Commissioner Office, more than 2300 houses have been damaged due to heavy rains and floods and 21000 people have been evacuated to safer places. In Pune, Solapur, Satara and Sangli districts, 57,000 hectares of crops like sugarcane, soybean, vegetable, paddy, pomegranate and cotton have been damaged.

Heavy devastation in four districts of Maharashtra

"14 people have died in Solapur, nine in Sangli, four in Pune and one in Satara," an official said. In these four districts, 513 animals have also been killed and 2319 houses have been damaged. 17000 people have been evacuated to safer places in Solapur, 1079 in Sangli, 3000 in Pune and 213 in Satara. Latur, Osmanabad and Beed in Solapur, Satara, Kolhapur, Sangli, Pune and Marathwada in western Maharashtra have been the worst affected by the disaster.

Heavy damage to crops in Karnataka

Heavy rains in Karnataka led to flooding of coastal and northern regions causing heavy damage to kharif crops before harvesting. Bagalkot, Bellary, Belagavi, Bidar, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri, Hubli, Kalaburgi, Koppal, Raichur, Vijayapura and Yadgir have been the most affected in the north and northwest regions of Karnataka. Six teams of NDRF have been deployed in Bidar, Kalaburgi and Yadgir districts for rescue and relief operations. PM Modi spoke to the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh recently and got information about the situation.

Bodies of five people found in flood in Telangana

The bodies of five of the family of Muhammad Abdul Tahir, a resident of Ali Nagar in Hyderabad, Telangana, were found on Friday. All of them were swept away by the strong currents of floods caused by heavy rains two days ago. Qureshi's son-in-law Muhammad Omar told that the family had gone to go to an apartment in the neighborhood after seeing water rising near his house. The five killed include Qureshi's brother, three daughters-in-law and a granddaughter. His two sons and a grandson are still missing.

The Prime Minister assured of help

PM Modi said, 'I spoke to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray. Know about the situation arising due to floods and heavy rains in some parts of the state. My prayers are with the sisters and brothers who have been affected in this disaster. The central government will provide all possible help in relief and rescue work. PM Modi further said, talked to BS Yeddyurappa ji about the situation of rains and floods in Karnataka. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in flood-affected Karnataka.

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Pankaj Prasad