HYDERABAD/BANGALORE: The Army, Navy and Air Force personnel were on Friday called out for rescue and relief operations as the flood fury causedFloods in Andhra Pradesh. The overflowing Jura project in Mehboobnagar in Andhra Pradesh. Torrential rains destroyed hundreds of homes and caused heavy flooding in Andhra Pradesh. by torrential rains in the last four days in north Karnataka claimed 56 more lives since Thursday night pushing the toll to 106.
Bijapur and Bagalkote districts bore the brunt of the fury accounting for 25 and 13 deaths respectively as unabated rains continued to wreak havoc leaving a trail of death and destruction, a situation described as “unprecedented” by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa after a crisis management meeting.
Police put the number of the deaths at 106 late tonight. IAF helicopters and aircraft have evacuated many marooned people in Bellary District and Mantralaya in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh bordering Karnataka, where the famous Raghavendra swamy mutt is located, a defence statement said here.
Air Commodre V S Bharti, the Air Officer Commanding, Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangalore, where around-the-clock flood relief cell has been set up, is overseeing relief works.
Thousands of people were marooned in many villages in Bijapur, Bagalkote, Gulbarga, Davanagere, Bellary, Belgaum, Koppal, Gadag, Bidar and Chikballapura where over 59,000 houses had collapsed or been damaged, revenue officials said.
At an emergency meeting attended by Air Force and Army officials besides state ministers, Yeddyurappa took stock of the situation.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Kurnool and Mahabubnagar districts of Andhra Pradesh turned grim on Friday as large localities lay submerged and there was heavy inflow of water into various reservoirs.
According to the weather forecast, scattered heavy to isolated very heavy rain is likely to occur over south coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema and Kerala and Karnataka during next 48 hours. Isolated heavy rain is also likely to occur over north coastal Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Lakshadweep during the same period.