Bengaluru: Hundreds of villages in Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and Vijayapura districts inundated with Krishna and Bhima rivers in spate have been severely flooded over the last few days.

As the situation has been worsening, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that he would take an aerial survey on Oct 21 to assess the extent of damage caused by the rains.

In a statement to the media, BS Yediyurappa said that “many villages in these districts were either completely or partially submerged due to floods caused by heavy rains last week”.

The Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA) said that at least 20,269 people, including 15,078 in Kalaburagi have been evacuated.

The people in the North Karnataka villages were rescued and evacuated by the Army, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) besides local police and district authorities.

Meanwhile, this is the third time districts in Karnataka have been hit by floods in the past three months following heavy downpour.