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Church leaders visit and support those affected by monsoon rains

Monday, August 12, 2019, 21:45 (IST)

Approximately 178 dead and over a million are displaced due to continuous monsoon rains in Kerala, Maharashtra and Karnataka.

Catholic Church continues to assist and comfort the affected. Bishop of Belgaum, Msgr Derek Fernandes visited the Chikodi area and the camps for displaced people.

"Our groups are doing an assessment of the damage caused by the floods in the Belgaum district and report serious damage in the areas of Khanapur, Athani, Chikkodi Talukas, as well as heavy losses in various areas of the Bagalkot district," Msgr Fernandes said.

Explaining the destruction, Msgr Fernandes said it is due not only to the rains, but above all to the spillage of the waters of the dams that have been filled in turn with the open basins in Maharashtra. "The situation is really dramatic," he added.

Among the affected, Kerala has experienced heaviest damage. Till now, 72 people have lost their lives and over 260 people were forced to leave their homes. They are finding refuge in the 1,642 camps for displaced persons.