Monsoon wreaks havoc in 4 states, over 130 dead
The death toll in heavy rain crosses 130 as normal life is thrown out of gear in western and southern parts of India.india Updated: Jun 25, 2007 11:01 IST
The death toll in incessant and heavy rain rose to over 130 across south India as normal life was thrown out of gear in Maharashtra and Karnataka on Sunday.
The situation in Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, however, had improved as rain abated on Sunday, allowing authorities to step up rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
In Andhra Pradesh, the death toll has risen to 37, with five fresh deaths reported from affected districts since Saturday. State Disaster Management Commissioner Preeti Sudan said that relief and rescue operations were in full swing in the affected districts.
She said that in all, 330,179 people in 222 villages and towns were affected. As per preliminary reports, 9,799 houses were damaged and 8,537 livestock were killed.
Several coastal and low-lying villages were cut off as army personnel joined civil authorities in rescuing people from badly-affected Kurnool district where 85,000 people have been evacuated and kept in 51 relief camps.
Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the badly-hit Kurnool district in Rayalaseema region where several villages remained cut-off. In Karnataka, there was no let up in the downpour in the districts of Kodagu, the origin of the river Cauvery, Belgaum, Bijapur, Raichur, Gulbarga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, where normal life was severely disrupted.
In Mumbai, in spite of a not-so-unusual 209 mm of rain recorded in Santacruz and 279 mm in Colaba in the 24 hours from Saturday night, 10 people died in the city. A partially demolished building collapsed in the Grant Road area in south Mumbai on Saturday killing two persons, while three persons died in two incidents of wall collapse on Sunday.
Poor visibility disrupted flights. Eleven incoming flights had to be diverted to other airports on Sunday morning, but visibility improved during the day and flights were running at a delay of 20 minutes in addition to the normal delay because of congestion. Trains were delayed because of waterlogging at low-lying stations.
A landslide in Chembur killed a 45-year-old man and injured eight and a roof collapse in the same area buried a six-month-old girl. In the rest of the state, 18 people died, with some victims being buried alive under construction debris.
Meanwhile, rains have hit different parts of Orissa as the South West Monsoon further advanced into the state. MET office sources on Sunday said heavy rains could occur at a few places with heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places over the next 24 hours.