On Saturday, heavy rain continued to cause flooding in Karnataka, with the death toll rising to 9.
Continuous rain has affected 12 districts in northern Karnataka, coastal Karnataka and the Malnad region. An estimated 830 houses collapsed, 15 school buildings were damaged, and 8,733 people, including women and children, were relocated to safer locations across the state.
The state government has opened 80 relief centers. As heavy rain continued to hit the Western Ghat region, life in northern Karnataka and the coastal areas of Karnataka ceased.
The body of 12-year-old girl Kiran Shanur Vibhuti, washed away by flooding on Friday, was found by rescue teams in Chikkodi in the Belagawi area.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in 12 counties to conduct rescue operations.
As the flow of water to dams across the state steadily increases, water is discharged from dams, and this forces rivers to cross hazard levels, posing a threat to human safety.
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Due to flooding in the Western Ghats, all major roads leading to the rest of Karnataka have been closed. The Bangalore-Mangalore highway has also been closed as it is impossible to cross the flooded section of roads that run through dense woodlands.
About 300 people from the village of Yaduravadi, Belagavsky district, were evacuated by boats to safer places, as the village was flooded. Rainwater has flooded thousands of homes, and several others in the region are on the verge of collapse.
Floods have damaged state highways through the Kodagu area. Many villages in the Hasan, Chikmagalur and Shivamogga districts were flooded.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department has warned that heavy rain will continue to hit the Udupi, Mangalore, Karwar, Chikmagalur, Shivamogga and Hasan areas for another five days. The state has already sounded a red alarm.