Heavy rains claim 18 lives in two days in North Karnataka

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Bangalore, Sep 19 (UNI) Heavy rains that lashed the districts in North Karnataka districts has claimed 18 lives during the last two days with nine deaths reported today from Raichur, Bellary, Koppal and Gadag districts even as Air Force helicopters were pressed into service to evacuate people from their marooned villages.

Officials said though the rains abated today the flood levels remained grim in the Krishna, Tungabhadra, Ghataprabha, Malaprabha and some other minor rivers that were in spate following torrential rains which caused flood situation in the northern parts of the state.

Thousands of houses were partially or fully collapsed in the state due to heavy rains and officials were working round the clock to provide relief to the affected people. Relief centres were opened in most of the places affected due to rain and floods.

Three persons who were injured in house collapse in Gadag district yesterday died today at KIMS in Hubli city. A young woman and a boy were washed away in Utakanur nala in Raichur district while another person was killed when lightning struck him and one more had died in a wall collapse in the same district.

In Bellary city a woman was killed due to wall collapse in Devi Nagar area, while one person was killed in the same manner in Jamapur village of rain ravaged Koppal district.

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