Karnataka CM to undertake aerial survey of flood-hit districts

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Bangalore, Aug 16 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa will make an aerial survey of flood-affected districts in the state tomorrow, even as the situation is improving with rainfall having stopped since yesterday.

The monsoon rainfall, which lashed for more than one week, had claimed 18 lives and damaged more than 800 houses.

Mr Yeddyurappa will conduct an aerial survey in Belgaum District and hold discussions with District In-charge Minister, local legislators, ZP President and officials about flood situation and relief works undertaken.

The Chief Minister would perform pooja to Almatti Reservoir, in which the water has touched full level of 519 mt He would also make aerial survey of flood-affected Bijapur and Bagalkote Districts.

Water in Sharavati, Kumudvati, Tunga, Bhadra, Varada, Malati and Dandavati Rivers in Shimoga District, which were overflowing, had receded now.

Normalcy is fast returning to submerged villages. Families who took shelter in 'Ganji Kendra' are returning to their homes.

The National Highway, which was closed for vehicles due to heavy rainfall in Mandagadde in Thirthahalli Taluk, had been re-opened as water level had reduced.

More than 50 houses had collapsed in Mandagadde and the people were still taking shelter in 'Ganji Kendras'. The bridge, which had submerged in Bhadravati Town, was also re-opened.

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