Bengaluru: The toll in the floods that hit coastal Karnataka, Malnad and northern parts of the state rose to nine while rescue efforts were on for those who were still missing.
Uttara Kannada district bore the brunt of the heavy rainfall. Authorities opened 117 relief camps to house 9,655 people displaced by the rains. Landslides were reported in many places in the district. Four of the nine deaths in the state were reported in this district while search efforts were on to look for three others missing. In all, more than 12,000 people were affected in the district while 3,000 people were rescued.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been deployed in 12 districts for rescue operations.
The floods damaged state highways across Kodagu district while flooding was reported in areas in Hassan, Chikkmagaluru, and Shivamogga districts.
The Shiradi Ghat -- the main route linking Bengaluru with the coastal city of Mangaluru in Dakshina Kannada district – was badly hit.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Saturday directed district-in-charge Ministers to stay put in their respective districts and monitor the relief and rescue operations there.
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