Heavy rain claimed 117 lives since May - The New Indian Express

Heavy rain claimed 117 lives since May

Published: 17th September 2013 11:16 AM

Last Updated: 17th September 2013 11:16 AM

Heavy rain has wreaked havoc in the last three months, even as the state is battling severe drought in some parts.

According to State Disaster Recover Cell, since May, the rain has claimed the lives of 117 people.

The crop and property loss is estimated to be at `2,470.17 crore.

The state government has opened relief camps to assist people in the rain-hit districts and it has also sought assistance from the Union government to deal with the situation.

A team from the Union government will be visiting the state on Monday to assess the extent of damage.

Memorandum                  to Centre

“The state government has submitted a memorandum to the Centre seeking grants of `476.07 crore to take up flood relief works,” a senior officer in the Revenue Department told Express.

The  study team is likely to visit Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Belgaum, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Uttara Kannada districts, he                    added. “The Centre is sending its study team following an appeal made by the state government to release money from the Central Disaster Recovery fund,” the official told Express.

The government has already released `42 crore to various flood-ravaged districts to take up relief works. The official said  365 cattle died due to rains and  9,543 houses were either partially or fully damaged. The incessant rain in the last six days has caused death of 23 people — seven in Gulbarga, four in Tumkur,  three in Koppal, two in Belgaum, Bangalore Rural two, and one each in Mysore, Gadag, Davangere, Chamarajnagar and Haveri districts.

Meanwhile, the drought situation still prevails in 84 hoblis of 54 taluks. The estimated loss due to drought is about `1,058.33 crore.

“The state government has asked the Centre to release about `754.76 crore to take up drought relief works across the state,” the revenue official added.

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