Compensation to rain victims in ten days: Kumaraswamy

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Hubli, Sep 20 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today said the State Government had released Rs 20 crore to take up relief works in the rain and flood-battered districts of the State and more funds would be released, if necessary.

Addressing a press conference after undertaking an aerial survey of the flood-hit areas in Dharwad and Gadag districts, he said solatium to those who died or lost property in heavy rains and floods during the last one week, that threw normal life out of gear in many districts of North Karnataka, would be announced in ten days.

Mr Kumaraswamy said compensation would be as per the norms laid down by the Centre. It would take a little more than a week's time to assess the damage. As far as the damaged roads were concerned, permanent works could be taken up only after the monsoon. ''Our priority is to provide drinking water to the people of the affected areas as the ground water is contaminated,'' he said.

The Chief Minister said the Deputy Commissioners of Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gadag and Dharwad had been asked to spend funds at their disposal to take up immediate relief works in the affected areas.

Over 30 relief centres have been opened, he added.

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