Major flooding in North Karnataka continued into Friday as heavy rains pounded parts of the state. Visuals show submerged roads, uprooted poles and locals struggling under the deluge that has hit multiple districts.
Sixteen have been killed in the flood-ravaged districts, and 2,07,212 people have been evacuated.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that he would discuss the release of water from the Koyna reservoir with the Maharashtra CM. The Karnataka CM has visited flood-affected taluks of Belagavi, Hukkeri, Chikkodi and Nippani, and also called upon people to contribute to the CM's relief fund.
On Thursday, the Dakshina Kannada district administration declared a holiday on Friday for schools and colleges in the district. Holidays has also been declared in Udupi, Shivamogga and Kodagu districts and Malnad region of Karnataka due to intense flooding.
Train services have stalled in parts of coastal and north Karnataka as tracks are submerged underwater.