With improvement in flood situation, relief and rescue operations intensify in affected areas of Maharashtra, Kerala and Karnataka.
Indian Navy carried out aerial rescue and relief operations in North Karnataka's Belgaum district, where floods triggered by rains have thrown the normal life out of gear.
The naval helicopters rescued 26 stranded citizens and moved them to the relief camps yesterday.
AIR correspondent reports that around 800 kg of food and drinking materials has been dropped off to the areas facing acute shortage of the supplies. Relief and rescue efforts are on in 16 districts of the state.
Joint rescue teams of Fire and emergency, SDRF, NDRF and army, navy and airforce have evacuated over five lakh 80 thousand people.
Four airforce choppers are deployed in Belagavi, Mysuru and Raichur. Clean drinking water, food, fodder and other relief materials are provided in 1168 relief camps. Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will resume his tour to calamity hit areas today.
He will visit calamity hit Dakshin Kannada and Mysuru districts and interact with people and officials.
In Maharashtra, water levels have finally begun to recede in Sangli and Kolhapur districts of Maharashtra. However the level in both districts is still above the danger line.
The vehicular traffic on Pune- Bangalore highway remained suspended on the sixth consecutive day yesterday and expected to begin today. Relief measures by the state government are in full swing and many organizations and NGO’s are collecting relief materials to help the flood affected people.
But still some more measures will have to be taken by the government to help the people in these areas.
The state government is preparing the list of the beneficiaries and the aid will be distributed very soon to the flood affected people.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has directed the officials to disburse Rs. 5000 in cash per family in flood affected areas.
Revenue minister Chandrakant patil has said that eight ton flood relief material including food and essential commodities in flood affected areas and the situation will come to normal within one week.
He informed that supply of one lakh 48 thousand electricity connections has been restored and a team of 150 personnel will restore one lakh more connections.
Health Minister Eknath Shinde is also keeping a close watch on the health related issues and assured that the government will take all necessary steps to avoid epidemics in the flood affected area.
However there are complaints of heavy price rise of essential commodities in flood affected areas and district collectors have warned to take stern actions against those who are involved in these activities.
In Kerala, hundreds of people from Alapuzha and kottayam were shifted to relief camps. Search operations were on warfooting in kavalapara in Malappuram where over 50 people are reportedly missing in major landslide. Centre had extended all support to the State to face the calamity. (AIR NEWS)