Manmohan Singh to visit flood-hit Raichur today

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Raichur, Oct 10 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit flood-hit Raichur in Karnataka today.

He will take stock of the flood situation with Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa.

After the aerial survey of the flood-hit areas, Dr. Singh will meet Ministers, political leaders and officials.

The State Government has sought Rs. 10,000 crore interim relief from the calamity relief fund.

Dr. Singh on Friday announced Rs 1,000 crore as immediate flood related relief to rehabilitate people in Andhra Pradesh. He also termed the devastation in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh as a national calamity.

The floods have wrecked havoc in northern parts of Karnataka, described by officials as the worst in many decades, killing over 280 people besides rendering several thousands homeless.

Floodwaters have swamped millions of acres of farmland and damaged standing crops of sugarcane, maize, rice and wheat.

The loss of sugarcane has given rise to worries of sharp fall in the output of sugar in Karnataka, the country's third-biggest producer.

Following the calamities, the Centre has already released the second installment of over Rs. 209 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund to the two states. And Prime Minister had announced Rs. one lakh each of ex-gratia from the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund to the next of kin of those killed in the floods.

The Armed Forces have rescued 3,600 people in the states. (ANI)

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