Monsoon fury: Toll mounts to 225 as 4 states continue to reel under floods, red alert issued in Kerala

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Even as heavy downpour continued to hit several parts of the country on Tuesday, the toll in flood-affected areas in four states mounted up to 225.

The situation continued to remain grim with rescue operations being carried out in areas where lanes were choked due to flood water.

While 88 people were reported dead in Kerala, 54 died in Karnataka, 49 in Maharashtra and 31 in Gujarat in floods and related incidents.

Two rain-related deaths were also reported from Uttar Pradesh where several parts saw heavy overnight showers.

Here's all that happened today as situations worsened due to incessant rainfall in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Delhi, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh.

Kerala

Malappuram and Wayanad in Kerala were among the worst affected districts.

According to a report released earlier today by officials, 88 people had lost their lives, while 44 were reported to be missing since August 8.

The state government update on Tuesday put the death toll at 91 since August 8 and said the toll is likely to go up as 59 people are still missing.

Taking notice of gravity of the situation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reached Kozhikode, Malappuram and Wayanad to take an overview.

The Central government sanctioned 52 crore as an initial assistance to the Kerala government. They already have last year's sanctioned amount of 3,000 crore, of which 1,500 crore is still unspent.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Malappuram and Kozhikode as extremely heavy rains are expected in central areas of the state.

Karnataka

More than 40,000 houses have been damaged in Karnataka floods, while more than 2,000 villages were affected, PTI reported.

The IMD Bangalore issued a yellow alert to some districts of Karnataka for the next five days.

In the past seven days, the Indian Navy has rescued over 14,000 people from flood-affected areas of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka under operation 'Varsha Rahat'.

While the situation in Karnataka continued to be critical, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said he will visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi on August 16 and request him to release 10,000 crore as assistance.

The Karnataka government has decided to celebrate the country's independence day in a "simple" way as most parts of the state are affected by floods and incessant rains.

In a bizarre incident, a priest in flood-hit Karnataka jumped into an overflowing river in Nanjangud, Mysore, saying he was thrilled to see the gushing water, according to sources. The priest returned home two days later after he jumped into the river.

Odisha

Odisha, which is being battered by heavy showers since last week, on Tuesday saw a flood-like situation in parts of the state and the forecast is of more rains in the next two days.

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