CM surveys flood affected area in K'taka

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Belgaum, Aug 17 (UNI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said the government would take immediate steps to shift the people from 113 villages in North Karnataka, affected by floods during every monsoon season.

Speaking to mediapersons here after undertaking an aerial survey of the villages in Chikkodi taluk in this district, he said not much progress to this effect could be made during the previous Janata Dal(S)-Bharatiya Janata Party coalition government rule.

The flood levels in the river course of Krishna, which created havoc in the districts of Belgaum, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Gulbarga and Raichur during the last one week, had subsided during the Chief Minister's visit to the area. The rivers, including Krishna and Tungabhadra, which were on spate in North Karnataka, had come down.

''In 2006, Rs 23 crore had been sanctioned for flood relief work but little was achieved. Now we will ensure that a permanent solution is implemented in these villages where people were left to suffer due to flood in Krishna and its tributaries,'' he said.

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