Torrential rains continued to wreak havoc in North Karnataka with 35 more deaths being reported from the region since last night, pushing up the rain-related toll in the state to 86.
Eight people were killed in Raichur, six in Bagalkote, five in Bellary, four each in Bijapur, Gulbarga and Gadag and two each in Koppal and Bidar.
As the situation remained grave, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa held an emergency meeting, where Air Force and Army officials were present, besides state ministers, to take stock of the situation.
Bijapur district was the worst hit by the rains, which has thrown normal life out of gear in the districts of Raichur, Gulbarga, Koppal, Bagalkote, Bellary, Belgaum and Gadag.
More than 20,000 houses have collapsed, many areas inundated and road servcies affected in some parts, officials said.
Helicopters are being pressed into the service for rescue operations.
Ministers S Suresh Kumar, Sobha Karandlaje and R Ashok, Chief Secretary SV Ranganath, DGP Ajay Kumar Singh and Additional DGP (Land and Ordrer) AR Infant were among those who attended the meeting.