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Flood relief: K'taka seeks over Rs 900 cr assistance from Centre

Written by: Staff

Bangalore, Aug 8 (UNI) The Karnataka Government today sought Rs 906.72 crore assistance from the Central government for taking up rescue, relief and emergent works in the areas affected by floods and rain in the state this year.

In a memorandum submitted to the Centre, copy of which was released to the press here, the state government said the assistance was sought for carrying out various works including restoration of infrastructure (Rs 600 crore), provision of temporary accommodation, food, clothing and medical care (Rs 109.2 crore), employment generation (Rs 60 crore), agriculture input subsidy where crop loss was more than 50 per cent (Rs 22 crore) and desilting and clearance of debris (Rs 35 crore).

It said excess rainfall in Maharashtra and heavy inflow from that state had resulted in floods in Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur, Gulbarga and Raichur in the last two months, affecting lakhs of people in 208 villages and destroying standing crops in 80,000 hectares of land.

The government said since the onset of monsoon on May 27 last, 62 taluks had received heavy to very heavy rainfall. Coastal districts of Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Dakshina Kannada and Malnad districts of Chikmagalur, Hassan, Shimoga and Kodagu had suffered damage to the extent of Rs 125.80 crore.

It said the major incidents that took place during the heavy rainfall and floods in the state this year included the death six fishermen off the Udupi coast, six others in landslides in Kodagu district, severe sea erosion in coastal areas and the oil spill caused by the grounding of a foreign merchant vessel off Karwar coast.

The government said it had so far released Rs 58 crore to take up emergency rescue and relief operations.

It pointed out that heavy rain and floods during the last two years were preceded by four consecutive drought years in the North Karnataka districts. A further series of extremely heavy rainfall was expected during the present South-west monsoon season, it added.


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