Rescue and relief work beefs up as rains wreak havoc across western, southern India
The Ministry of Home Affairs held a high-level meeting on the flood situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations in the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Northern Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
Floods wreak havoc
Floods have wreaked havoc in the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat, claiming at least 162 lives and displacing lakhs.
The Ministry of Home Affairs held a high-level meeting on the flood situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations in these states.
Over 15,000 evacuated
Around 6,000 people have been rescued and more than 15,000 have been evacuated from flood-affected areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Northern Kerala and Tamil Nadu till Friday, Indian Army said.
Army deploys over 100 rescue teams
The Army has 123 rescue teams that have been deployed in 16 districts across the four affected states for relief and rescue operations.
Over 2,000 rescued
Indian Naval diving teams deployed in Karnataka's Kadra evacuated nearly 450 personnel to safety whilst other team operating from Kaiga evacuated 300 personnel to safety bringing a total number of rescued personnel in this area alone to 2,219.
42 people killed in Kerala
Forty-two people have lost their lives as incessant rains continue to wreak havoc in Kerala, and as many as 19 trains have been cancelled on Saturday.
Official issue 'Red Alert'
Officials said 'Red Alert' has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts, were denoting that the regions will receive very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall.
30 people dies in Maharashtra
In Maharashtra, 30 people have died in a week. Several parts of Satara, Sangli, and Kolhapur continued to be submerged on Saturday.
Gujarat receives 3 to 15 inches of rain
In Gujarat, 98 persons have died due to floods and torrential rains this season. Incessant rains lashed across state's 251 tehsils over the last 24 hour.
The highest rainfall of 15 inches was recorded in Barwala of Botad district.
The entire state has received an overall of 3 to 15 inches of rain.