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Bengaluru Hulimavu lake breach: CM announces Rs 50,000 aid for economically weak victims

The BBMP, after an assessment survey, had identified that as many as 630 houses were damaged in the deluge. CM BS Yediyurappa met the victims Tuesday.

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal | Bengaluru | Published: November 26, 2019 6:29:11 pm
Hulimavu-floods-Bangalore-Bengaluru-lake-breach-Karnataka-CM-Yediyurappa Karnataka CM Yediyurappa interacted with over 50 families living in temporary relief camps set up post the Hulimavu lake breach. (Express Photo)

As more than 50 families continue to live in temporary relief camps in Bengaluru after their houses were inundated in the Hulimavu lake breach, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 for 319 victims.

After inspecting the area in Krishna Layout where the lake bund was damaged, Yediyurappa said, “As many as 319 people have been identified as poor victims, who have lost their valuables after their houses were flooded on Sunday. A compensation of Rs 50,000 will soon be transferred to their bank accounts by the state government.”

Hulimavu-floods-759 Bengaluru’s Hulimavu lake breached Sunday afternoon, flooding the surrounding areas and affecting lives of hundreds of people. (Express Photo/Ralph Alex Arakal)

The CM, who visited the spot Tuesday morning, was apprised of the situation by BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar, Bengaluru Mayor M Goutham Kumar, Deputy Mayor CS Ram Mohan Raju, DCP (South-East) Isha Pant, and BBMP Arekere ward councilor Bhagyalakshmi Murali.

After meeting victims at the nearby relief camp, the CM held a meeting with officials, during which he directed them to take up restoration work related to constructing roads, providing electricity and clean drinking water to people, cleaning up clogged stormwater drains, and to ensure hygiene in the locality on priority.

The BBMP, in an assessment survey held Monday, had identified that as many as 630 houses were damaged due to the deluge.

A 10-ft temporary bund has been built at the area where the lake bund was damaged. According to BBMP Chief Engineer (Lakes) Mohan Krishna, the bund will be repaired within two to three weeks. “Repairing the damage caused due to the breach in the lake bund is our priority as of now,” he told Indianexpress.com.

Meanwhile, the BBMP is desilting the drain network clogged by the lake’s heavy outflow into the surrounding areas, BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar wrote on Twitter.

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