Karnataka Faces Unprecedented Havoc Created by Floods; 1,24,000 People Evacuated; Death Toll Rises to Twenty
Friday, Aug 09, 2019

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The Northern parts of Karnataka have been facing severe flooding due to incessant rain since last two days. This resulted in landslides too at various places along Charmadi Ghat. Five feared missing in Kodagu Landslide. Traffic movement was prohibited and schools and colleges continued to remain shut. Places like Madikeri and Belgaum are inundated.

Various districts across the state are inundated due to heavy rains. It is feared that the situation might take a turn for the worse in the upcoming days.  Nearly 44,000 people have been evacuated from 51 flood-hit taluks, with about 40,180 from Belagavi alone. Of them, 16,875 are sheltered in 272 relief camps across the affected districts, according to Indo-Asian News Service (IANS).

The rescue teams, including personnel from Fire and Emergency, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army, have been moving people from flood-affected areas to safety. 

Infrastructure has been damaged in Belgaum district. As per the initial assessment, 1,410 km road and 4,019 buildings damaged in Belgaum.

A joint rescue team comprising Fire and Emergency, SDRF, NDRF, Army evacuated 1,24,291 people today. Railway tracks are blocked with the fallen trees because of the strong wind that adds more misery. Since the rain is not subsided, more calamities are expected.

Rt. Rev. Ravikumar J. Niranjan, the Bishop in the Karnataka Northern Diocese of the Church of South India (CSI) has informed that the various groups of the Diocese are involved in the rescue and rehabilitation church and the buildings of the churches and the institutions of the diocese will be open for the rehabilitation process.

The officers of the CSI Most Rev. Thomas K. Oommen (Moderator), Rt. Rev. Dr Vadapalli Prasada Rao (Deputy Moderator), Rev. Dr Daniel Rathnakara Sadananda (General Secretary), and Adv. Robert Bruce requested the prayers for the victims of the floods and urged the church members to extend their possible help in this time of the natural disaster in the northern parts of Karnataka.   


State emergency operations centre - 080-1070, 080-22340676
WhatsApp - 9008405955
Flood Control Room - 080-25573333
WhatsApp- 9513749080 

Belgavi - 0831-2407290
Vijayapura - 08352-221261
Bagalkote -08354-236240
Raichur - 08532-226383
Yadagiri - 08473-253771
Shivamogga - 08182-271101, 08182-267226
Dakshina Kannada - 0824 - 2442590
Udupi - 0820-2574802
Uttara Kannada - 08382-229857
Kodagu - 08272-221077
Hassan -08172-261111
Chikkamagaluru - 08262-238950

~ CSI Synod Communications 

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