Search operations are underway in landslide hit areas of Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad of Kerala. The toll climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh persons have sought refuge in relief camps. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a two-day visit of his flood-hit parliamentary constituency Wayanad. The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway, which was closed since last six days due to flooding, was partially opened for traffic in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Karnataka's Belagavi district. The central and state governments are both committed to helping people in distress, he said. At least 30 people have died and more than two lakh people have been evacuated in the state, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said.
Here are the updates of floods from Maharashtra, Kerala, and Karnataka:
BS Yediyurappa said, "Rs. 5 lakh will be given to those who have completely lost their houses, to take up construction work, and Rs. 10,000 will be given as immediate measure."
The death toll in Karnataka has reached 48, with 12 people missing. More than 6.7 lakh people have been evacuated. More than 40 000 houses damaged.
46 villages of Pune division are still completely cut off due to floods. 105 units of different agencies along with 164 boats are still deployed in Kolhapur and Sangli. 66 bridges of 5 districts are still closed due to floods and waterlogging: Divisional Commissioner Office, Pune division
The centre needs to pay attention to the situation in southern states and look after the needs. Its an issue for the centre to solve. The states require immediate support, people should be compensated. Both state and central governments should come together to help distressed.
I don't want to politicise the situation, I have put forth the recommendations. This is not a Wayanad issue, its Kerala and Karnataka issue. I'm in Kerala and trying to tackle the flood situation here.
- Thousands of trucks carrying essential commodities were stranded since last week on the flood-hit Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway No. 4, which is a vital road link between Maharashtra and Karnataka.
- This highway was partially opened for traffic after the flood waters receded.
- The Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway, which was closed since last six days due to flooding, was partially opened for traffic in Maharashtra's Kolhapur district.
- Traffic movement was allowed between Kolhapur and Belgaum in Karnataka through one lane on Shiroli bridge of the six-lane NH-4, where thousands of vehicles were stuck after the busy highway was submerged in flood waters last week.
- "The water level has come down and Shiroli bridge can be used for vehicular movement. We have so far decided to open only one lane on either side of the national highway as a precautionary measure," senior police officer of Kolhapur Abhinav Deshmukh said.
- There was still some water flowing over the bridge, but it was expected to recede as continuous discharge of water from Almatti dam in neighbouring Karnataka was on, an official at the Kolhapur collectorate said.
- Kolhapur and Sangli districts have been battling unprecedented floods since last eight days following heavy rains in Konkan and western parts of Maharashtra where 40 people have lost their lives in the deluge.
- With rains subsiding in many parts of Kerala, search operations are underway in landslide hit areas of Kavalappara and Puthumala in Malappuram and Wayanad, even as the toll in the monsoon fury climbed to 76 and 2.87 lakh persons have sought refuge in relief camps.
- 58 persons are still missing, of whom 50 are in Malappuram, where the toll is 24, the highest in the state.
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is in Kerala to take stock of the flood situation today visited a relief camp at the hill town of Thiruvambady, part of Wayanad constituency, which he represents in the Lok Sabha.
- "In this tragedy we all are standing with you", he said, addressing the people in the camp and wanted Congress and UDF workers to provide all help to those affected by the deluge.
- "I have come here with sadness. There is tremendous tragedy in Wayanad. I also know today is a festival. Though it is not a happy occasion, I still wish you for Id", he said.
- In many camps, people observed a low key Id festival with well wishers bringing in food and new clothes for the inmates.
- There was no red alert in any of the 14 districts.
- An official update at 11 am said 2,87,585 people have taken shelter in 1,654 relief centres in the state.
- Four trains were cancelled on Monday-- Okha Ernakulam express, BarauniErnakulam Raptisagar, the Thiruvananthapuram-Ahilyanagari express and the Kochuveli Hyderabad special trains, a Southern Railways press release said.
- Meanwhile, the Kerala University has postponed all its examinations to be held for August 13, a release said.
- Rahul Gandhi has appealed to the people to provide relief materials to those hit by floods in his Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala.
- Mr Gandhi, currently visiting areas ravaged by floods and landslides in his constituency, posted the appeal on his Facebook page.
- "My Parliamentary constituency Wayanad has been devastated by floods with thousands left homeless and shifted to relief camps", Mr Gandhi said.
- He said he had spoken to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Wayanad District Collector and Congress workers in the state on the flood situation in his constituency.
- Rain intensity is expected to reduce today
- Orange alert has been issued in 6 districts of Kerala today
- Rahul Gandhi will continue his visit to several relief camps in his Wayanad parliamentary constituency.
- According to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Belagavi district most likely to receive scattered to fairly wide spread with moderate rain for the next 5 days.
- Meanwhile, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who is visiting his constituency Wayanad, said the rescue operations are underway but more help is required.
- "I visited Kavalappara, the site of the landslide in Bhoothanam. Several people are still trapped and rescue operations are underway but more help is required immediately," Gandhi tweeted.
- Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on two-day tour of Kerala, where 67 people were killed in the last few days due to heavy rainfall and floods.
- He visited his parliamentary constituency Wayanad and promised to provide relief to the flood-ravaged city.
- "It is heart-breaking to see what all the people of Wayanad have lost. We will do everything in our power to help them get back on their feet," Mr Gandhi tweeted from his Wayanad account
- The Daroom Uloom Madrasa opened its doors to the flood-affected people of Kolhapur on August 5. It is providing round the clock relief and essentials to the people from nearby villages, doctors of the Madrasa trust said.
- "We are a team of 5-6 doctors. All of us are giving four hours of duty. Several people of Shiroli whose homes have been flooded are here. We are doing as much as we can to help," Dr Imtiyaaz told ANI.
- The Madrasa has opened its gate since August 5, when the incessant rains and floods hit Kolhapur.
- 104 teams of different agencies along with 182 boats are in operation in Sangli and Kolhapur districts, according to the Divisional Commissioner's office.
- On Saturday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had visited Kolhapur and Sangli and took stock of the situation.
- The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted light to moderate rainfall from today onwards in the five districts of the division.
- Former Karnataka Chief Minister and JD-S leader HD Kumaraswamy on Sunday visited Anemahal village in Hassan district to meet the people affected by the flood.
- He distributed food supplies among people.
- The Navy on Sunday carried out aerial rescue and relief operations in North Karnataka's Belgaum district, where the floods triggered by rains have thrown normal life out of gear.
- The naval helicopters from Goa's INS Hansa Naval air station rescued 26 stranded citizens and moved them to the relief camps. They also dropped off around 800 kg of food and drinking materials to the areas facing acute shortage of the supplies.
- Union Home Minister Amit Shah also undertook an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Karnataka later in the day.
- Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa briefed Mr Shah about the rescue and relief operations, which are underway in the state and Belgaum district.
- "We have requested for immediate aid of Rs 3,000 crore. The situation is pathetic here as more than 16 districts have been affected very badly. Tomorrow or a day after tomorrow, we will review the situation in other six or seven districts," Mr Yediyurappa said.
- Mr Yediyurappa had also conducted an aerial survey and announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the deceased.
- Karnataka Chief Minister had informed that over two lakh people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas and 1.61 lakh people are in 664 relief camps across the state.
- It was announced that all schools, and colleges -- government and private -- in affected flood-hit districts will remain closed till August 15.
- Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum.