Gujarat rushes 14 rescue teams to flood-hit Karnataka

Last Updated: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 18:27

Ahmedabad: Gujarat government`s disaster
agency Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA)
today sent 14 rescue teams, having 46 experts, to flood hit
areas in Karnataka.

"We have rushed 14 teams in two Indian Air Force (IAF)
aircraft to Hubli. The teams are equipped with 14 rescue boats
and other equipment," Gujarat government spokesperson and
Health Minister Jaynarayan Vyas said.

Another contingent, having six larger boats and trained
persons, has already reached there and will be airlifted to
the flood hit areas in the state, he said.

According to Vyas, Chief Minister Narendra Modi had held
a meeting last night in which he issued instructions regarding
the rescue operation to be undertaken by the GSDMA teams in
the southern state, where over 100 people have died due to
unprecedented floods.

Karnataka rain toll rises to 159

With three more fatalities reported,
the toll in rain fury in parts of Karnataka has mounted to 159
even as there was a slight let up in the showers on Sunday.

Bijapur was the worst-hit with 31 rain-related deaths in
the last six days, followed by Bagalkot (25), Raichur (24),
Koppal (20), Gulbarga (19), Bellary (14), seven each in
Belgaum and Gadag, Karwar (5), Bidar (4), Davangere (2) and
Dakshina Kannada (1).

State Home Minister V S Acharya told reporters today the
toll was likely to go up once the rain stops completely and
authorities were able to unearth the bodies of 21 persons
feared to be buried alive in a landslide in Karwar in Uttara
Kannada district yesterday.

A total of 1,23,579 houses and 352 villages had been
damaged, Acharya said, adding the government had set up 589
relief camps where 1,77,425 people were sheltered.

Eight helicopters and 73 boats were engaged for relief and
rescue operations. Besides, two National Disaster Relief Force
teams, each comprising 150 personnel, and 1,100 CRPF personnel
were deployed in 15 rain-affected districts, he said.

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had urged the Centre to
declare the unprecedented rainfall and flood situation in
Karnataka as a national disaster and sought Rs 10,000 crore
for relief measures.

Yeddyurappa yesterday conducted an aerial survey of
affected districts of Bellary, Koppal and Raichur as also
temple-town of Mantralaya in Andhra Pradesh`s Kurnool district
bordering the state.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 18:27

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