August 1, 2021 6:26:00 pm
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Sunday said he has requested Union Home Minister Amit Shah to designate a central team to assess damages inflicted by the floods in at least 13 districts in the state so far.
“I have written to the (Union) Home Minister to send a central team to Karnataka to assess the damages caused by the floods for the last few days,” Bommai said after reviewing the situation across the state on Sunday.
Despite rains receding over the last few days, the flood situation in Krishna basin districts has remained grim with villages and agricultural lands remaining inundated due to heavy discharge from reservoirs and swollen rivers.
For instance, the inflow and outflow at Almatti Dam in north Karnataka was noted to be at 3.7 lakh cusecs at 6 am on Sunday. However, even as the inflow noted at 6 pm was at 3,20,833 cusecs in the same reservoir, the outflow was brought down to 2.5 lakh cusecs, dam authorities told The Indian Express.
After a meeting held with senior officials from across areas affected by the floods, Bommai said, “466 villages in 13 districts — namely Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad, Haveri, Kodagu, Shivamogga, Udupi, Uttara Kannada, Davangere, Hassan, Bagalkot, and Gadag — have been affected so far.” 14 people have died so far in these districts since July 22.
The CM added that restoration works will begin soon once the rain abates. “I have directed officers to release Rs 510 crores for restoration works immediately,” Bommai, who is also the single-person cabinet ruling the state at present, said.
He reiterated that Rs 150 crore will be spent under NDRF guidelines to restore roads and bridges submerged due to the high water levels. “While DCs (Deputy Commissioners) have Rs 700 crore with them available already, another Rs 660 crore will be released. Officials have also been directed to assess damage to houses and crops by a survey according to the norms,” Bommai said.
According to a preliminary loss and damage report submitted by the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNMDC) to the government, as many as 1,134 houses have been completely damaged, while another 7,547 have suffered partial damages.
Meanwhile, the CM clarified that compensation amounts of Rs 5 lakh for loss of house, Rs 3 lakh for partial damages, and Rs 50,000 for minor damages will continue to be released as well. He added that officials were in the process of ascertaining and classifying damaged properties.
As many as 464 relief camps have been opened so far, housing 1,22,803 people in total. Belagavi continues to be the worst hit with 230 such camps operating in the north Karnataka district alone housing 87,982 people.
Earlier on Thursday, Bommai — on his first tour outside Bengaluru after taking over as new CM — had visited the flood-affected areas in Uttara Kannada district, which was one among the worst hit as floods followed incessant rains during the last fortnight.
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