Unabated heavy rainfall has lashed the state since August 4, especially in the Malnad region, causing massive floods and landslides.

Karnataka floods Death toll rises to 8 in Chikkamagaluru rescue ops underway
news Karnataka Floods Monday, August 12, 2019 - 13:52

The death toll in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru district has now risen to eight. Unabated heavy rainfall has lashed the state since August 4, especially in the Malnad region, causing massive floods and landslides.

In Chikkamagaluru’s Mudigere, the Hemavathi river overflowed and flooded the entire taluk. Six people died in Mudigere, one person in NR Pura and another in Chikkamagaluru taluk.

Nine-year-old Sumanth died after he fell into a stream while walking towards his house located in Mudigere’s Durgadahalli on Saturday. His body was found a few metres from where he fell and was spotted by locals.

Srivatsa (21) fell into the Hemavathi river near Jogannanana Kere in Mudigere on Thursday and was found on Sunday. Santhosh (23) went missing after his house collapsed due to a landslide in Marasanige in Mudigere on Friday. His body was found on Saturday by rescue forces deployed in the area.

After a landslide washed away their house located at Baluru Horatti in Mudigere, Sheshamma and her son Sathish were found dead. Nagappa Gowda (70) was also a victim of a landslide in Mudhugunda village in Mudigere.

Thirty-four-year-old Kumar was electrocuted as a live wire had fallen into the water in NR Pura’s Maluru Dinne village. Chandre Gowda (48) was washed away in the flood water at Koddavalli in Chikkamagaluru district.

The death toll in Karnataka has risen to 41 as on Sunday and 14 people are reported missing. Belagavi remained the worst affected district, with 12 people dead and two missing.

The hilly district of Kodagu has seen seven deaths, while there have been three deaths each in Shivamogga and Dharwad districts. The flooding in Uttara Kannada claimed four lives and Bagalkot, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Mysuru districts have seen two deaths each. One death has been reported in Haveri.

A total of 5.81 lakh people have been evacuated, of which 3.2 lakh people are staying in 1,168 relief camps spread across 17 districts.

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