Report to Centre on 'Jal' damage

“The deputy commissioners of affected districts have been asked to submit a comprehensive report. The Opposition parties need not take a delegation to the Centre,” Yeddyurappa told presspersons here on Wednesday.

The Agriculture, Revenue and Horticulture departments have been working in tandem to assess the damage. The affected families have already been compensated and rehabilitated, he said.

The chief minister also visited Mallapur and Mathadakurubarahatty villages near Chitradurga which suffered extensive damages due to the untimely rain.

He told reporters that six persons and 16 cattle have lost life and property worth Rs 35.72 crore was damaged due to the untimely rain  that battered the district for six days from November 2. Crops in 2,773 hectares have been damaged and 3,707 houses partially damaged due to the downpour.

The district administration has been directed to construct houses for people who have lost their shelters. The work has already begun in Mathadakurubarahatty and expected to be completed in 45 days.

A sum of Rs three crore was released to the district in addition to an equal sum released earlier. The administration has now sought Rs 22 crore to take up relief work and the funds would be released on priority basis, he said.

The chief minister, however, did not meet affected people. The visit was restricted only to the damaged spots. Meanwhile, rain continued its fury in the district on Tuesday as well. Crops in hundreds of acres were inundated in Holalkere taluk as rains pummelled since Tuesday midnight. Forty families have been shifted to safer places as all the water bodies in the taluk are overflowing.

Gruel centres set up

Thirty-seven houses have been damaged in the rain that lashed Davangere district since Tuesday midnight. Gruel centres have been set up at two villages for the affected people, according to the district administration.

Woman washed away

Incessant rain claimed a life in Arakalgud in Hassan on Tuesday. Thimmamma (55) was washed away in an overflowing drain while returning home. The body was traced near a petrol bunk on Hassan road on Wednesday morning.

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