Heavy rain across the state has led to flooding, affecting normal life and vehicular movement in many areas. With the flood situation in Belgaum looking grim, authorities on Friday have asked for four helicopters to airlift people in case the situation worsens.
Due to heavy inflow into the river Krishna, six more bridges and roads in Chikkodi and Raibag taluks were closed for traffic. With this, the number of closed roads and bridges has risen to 18.
In Mandya, with the release of 62,161 cusecs of water to the river from KRS dam, the Cauvery reached the danger level. The district administration has procured three rafting boats and life jackets to evacuate people living in low-lying areas.
Belgaum DC N Jayaram said the district administration had written to the Ministry of Defence asking for helicopters and is expecting a reply soon.
Roads were also submerged in parts of Kodagu, leaving many villages marooned. The Mysore-Bantwal State Highway 88 which runs through Madikeri was severely damaged.
Kodagu district administration has extended holidays for schools and colleges on Saturday.