Flood situation remains grim in Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka

As heavy rain continues in Kerala , widespread damage has been reported from across the state.

In Maharashtra, flood situation remains grim in Sangali, Satara and Kolhapur districts. One rescue boat overturned today near Brahmanal in Sangali district. Till now 9 dead bodies are recoverd taking death toll in recent floods to 25.

In Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa visited flood affected areas in Belagavi today morning. He also oversaw arrangements in the relief camps. Speaking to media persons later, he informed that he has instructed officials to release five lakh cusecs of water from Almatti and Narayanpura dams to mitigate flooding upstream.

In Bihar, standing crops spread over two lakh fifty thousand hectares in 13 districts have been destroyed due to floods. Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar told AIR that according to preliminary reports, crops worth 353 crore rupees perished because of floods. Mr. Kumar said actual situation of devastation will be known after water recedes in flood affected areas. He said free seeds of alternative crops will be distributed among farmers in the flood-affected areas. A compensation of thirty thousand rupees per hectare compensation will be given to farmers in the flood-ravaged areas.

Center is keeping a close watch on the situation in the flood affected areas of the country. Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai today held a high level meeting in New Delhi to take stock of the situation. During the meet, the situation in flood hit Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra were especially discussed. It was attended officials of National Disaster Response Force, National Disaster Management Authority, IMD and others.

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