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Rains claim 117 lives in western, southern India

Torrential rains throw rail and air traffic out of gear in K'taka and M'rashtra, but the situation improves in Andhra.

india Updated: Jun 24, 2007 21:40 IST

Torrential rains lashed Karnataka and Maharashtra on Sunday, throwing rail and air traffic out of gear but the situation improved in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, even as the death toll in these states mounted to 117.

Several coastal and low-lying villages in Andhra Pradesh were cut off from the rest of the state, leaving many persons marooned. Seventy 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.

Hundreds of families in Kerala continued to be in relief camps with many coastal areas still remaining vulnerable to swirling floods.

The death toll in the heavy rains in Andhra Pradesh has been put at 37 after 13 persons, who were presumed dead after being washed away in Kundu river near Kurnool, were found alive on Saturday.

Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the worst-affected Kurnool district in Rayalaseema region where several villages remained cut-off.

The relief operations were in full swing as the situation showed improvement in Prakasam, Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari districts in the coastal belt, officials said.

Kurnool district bore the brunt of flash floods accounting for 9 deaths followed by Guntur (5), Prakasam (4), three each in Kadpa, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar and Hyderabad. The remaining deaths were reported from Srikakulam and East Godavari.

Intermittent rains continued in Kurnool and Mahboobnagar districts but flood waters receded in many areas after a lull in downpour.

Heavy rains also lashed Mumbai and its suburbs for the second day on Sunday, leading to water-logging in various low-lying areas and disrupting traffic.

Road, rail and air services were affected due to the first heavy rainfall of this season.

Three persons were injured in Chembur area after a wall collapsed following heavy rains.

Warnings have been issued to fishermen not to venture into the sea along the Maharashtra and Goa coast. Ports have also been told to remain alert and take necessary precaution. So far eleven people have been killed in rain-related incidents in the state.

The rain fury in Karnataka continued with six more persons dying, to take the toll in rain-related incidents in the state to 39.

There was no let up in the rain fury in the districts of Kodagu, the origin of river Cauvery, Belgaum, Bijapur, Raichur, Gulbarga, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada, where normal life has been thrown out of gear.

Three persons were washed away in flash floods triggered by incessant rains in Doni river in Belgaum district on Saturday.

Two persons were killed in Nabapura village when a house collapsed under the impact of pounding rains and another was crushed to death in a wall collapse in Jevalagala village in Belgaum district on Saturday night, reports reaching here said.

In Kodagu, vehicular movement on Bagamandala road has been suspended as water was overflowing on a bridge.

Several villages have been marooned and the authorities have been evacauting people to safer places, besides providing them with food, reports said.

Some rivers in Udupi district have crossed the danger mark.

The district of Bijapur and Bagalkot have accounted for 14 deaths and seven in Raichur.

Rain-related deaths have been reported in the last few days from Bangalore, Madikeri, Bellary, Shimoga, Gulbarga, Karwar and Koppal.

Rains in Kerala, which caused largescale devastation in the state, have claimed 30 lives.

Reports from across the state said there was a lull in rains in most places this morning, but hundreds of families were still in relief camps with the coastal stretches, low-lying areas and hill districts remaining vulnerable.

Power supply and road traffic, disrupted by torrential rains and gusty winds, were yet to be restored in many places, especially in the rural areas of the northern districts.

Rivers and streams are in spate while water level in dams and reservoirs continued to rise as the catchment areas in the high-range Idukki district was experiencing good rainfall.

There were no rains in Tamil Nadu since Saturday.

First Published: Jun 24, 2007 14:15 IST