Several low-lying areas in Andhra Pradesh’s Vijayawada were affected as 72 gates of Prakasam barrage were opened to release water to the Bay of Bengal
Bengaluru: The flood situation in Kerala and Karnataka improved on Friday (August 16) while the Rivers Krishna and Godavari in Andhra Pradesh were in spate.
Over five lakh people have been housed in 1,758 relief camp in these three states. In Karnataka and Kerala, the combined death toll rose to 176.
There was some respite for the rain-battered Kerala for the second consecutive day, even as the toll climbed to 111 with more bodies being retrieved from landslide-hit areas in Malappuram and Wayanad districts.
The sunny weather helped in search operations as more bodies were retrieved from Kavalappara in Malappuram and Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad, the worst hit in the second spell of rains since August 8.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said 31 people were still missing and over 1.47 lakh are in 891 camps across the state.
"111 lives lost; 31 missing. Now there are 891 relief camps. 1,47,286 persons from 46,450 families are in these camps. As per initial estimates, 1,116 houses were fully damaged, 11,935 houses suffered partial damages," Vijayan tweeted.
In Karnataka, the toll in rain-related incidents went up to 65 on Friday with the recovery of three more bodies, according to officials.
While 14 people are still classified as missing, nearly seven lakh people have been evacuated till date.
The Karnataka government said inflows into reservoirs have reduced and the situation has improved in affected districts of north, coastal and Malnad regions, where the rain fury had created mayhem in the last couple of weeks.
As many as 849 relief camps are operational in Karnataka, housing 3,20,106 people, an official release said.
It said 103 taluks in 22 districts had been affected by floods and incessant rains over the past few days, resulting in loss of agriculture and horticulture crops on 6.9 lakh hectares and damaging 74,374 houses.
In Andhra Pradesh, more than 4,200 people have been moved to relief camps as the River Krishna is in spate, causing floods and affecting life in several mandals of Guntur and Krishna districts on Friday, authorities said.
A second warning was issued at the Prakasam barrage across River Krishna in Vijayawada which was carrying over seven lakh cusecs of water.
Last Updated 10:48 AM IST