23 killed in rain fury in Northern Karnataka

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Bangalore, Sep 20 (UNI) The death toll in the rain fury which has put normal life out of gear in Northern Karnataka has so far claimed 23 since Monday, even as Army and Airforce continuing rescue operation in the worst affected Districts.

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and his Deputy B S Yediyurappa made an aerial survey of affected places in Dharwad and Gadag districts and announced release of Rs 20 crore for relief work.

Intensity of rain that battered Gadag, Dharwad, Bellary, Raichur, Gulbarga, Bagalkot and other four districts came down to some extent today to help officials take up relief work at a faster pace.

Five people were reported dead today in rain related incidents taking the toll in the latest rain havoc to 23. Gadag and Raichur accounted for five deaths each followed by Bellary where four were reported killed in rain related incidents.

Thousands of houses were partially or fully damaged in these districts while hundreds of cattle perished.

Large tracts of standing crops was damaged in the floods and officials said the estimation of the crop and property loss would take a few days to assess as rain continued in some places.

Men from the Maratha Light Infantry Regimental Centre worked through the night yesterday to rescue people from rooftops and tree tops as the rain god showered mercy and the floods receding, enabling officials to take up relief operations in some of the marooned villages. Air Force helicopters brought from Vasco in Goa had been shifting people from inundated villages through the day since three days.

(Ed: pickup suitably from earlier related series) UNI

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