State to seek Rs 10,000 cr aid

Yeddyurappa will urge the Centre to declare the situation a national disaster

“The state government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore for relief works out of which Rs 10 crore has already been released. The Union government will also be urged to declare the situation a national disaster,” Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said here on Saturday.
He told newspersons after conducting aerial survey of the flood-affected areas in the district that the Centre has provided “more than expected” assistance for rescue and relief operations. The chief minister said the extent of damage can be ascertained only after a clear picture emerges.

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be briefed on the situation after obtaining complete details, he said. As many as 800 people have been rescued by airlifting in Raichur taluk. As many as 800 people have been rescued by airlifting in Raichur taluk. G Kumara Nayak has been deputed as special officer to assist the Deputy Commissioner, he said.
Yeddyurappa declared that the State government will provide Rs 10 crore for development of Mantralayam, ravaged by rains.

Initial assessment

The State government has estimated the total loss caused due to floods in north Karnataka at Rs 10,000 crore. This is the government’s initial assessment after Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa went on an aerial visit to the flood-affected areas.
Home minister V S Acharya, speaking to press persons after holding a meeting of the disaster management team, said according to initial reports from all districts affected by floods the loss would be around Rs 10,000 crore. However, the actual loss might be more than that. Revenue Department staff would start assessing the loss in the field after water level recedes.

The number of deaths had increased to 139. Three people died in Belgaum district. District administration of Uttara Kannada had recovered three bodies from where landslide occurred on Friday.

As many as 18 people were believed to have died in the incident. According to reports, parts of Belgaum and three districts in coastal belt - Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi - continue to receive heavy rains, he said.

Water level in Mantralaya had begun receding. Food packets had been sent to the pilgrimage centre through helicopters. Many pilgrims had been walking to nearest place - Emmiganur, from where KSRTC had arranged free bus service to reach to their places.

No more helicopters

Acharya said in the last two days the government had evacuated about 3,000 people stranded in flood waters. Water level in many areas had receded. There was no need to use helicopters for rescue works. Moreover, there was no necessity to drop food packets from helicopters as government machinery could reach affected areas by road. Helicopters would not be employed for relief works from Sunday onwards.

Asked how many still were stuck in the floods, Acharya said around 100 people each in Bagalkot and Badami needed to be shifted to safer places. That could be done even without helicopters.

BSNL lines and cellphone connectivity disrupted in north Karnataka districts were being restored.

Law minister Suresh Kumar said 148 people of Sindageri village in Basavana Bagewadi taluk have remained stranded. Two women among those gave birth to babies there itself. All of them were rescued by the district administration. Including the newly born babies everyone was safe, he said.

Suspended

The State government suspended three officers including Indi Tahsildar Sharanabasappa for not acting in tune with the district administration in relief work.

District information officers of Bijapur and Koppal were the two others suspended. Suresh Kumar said every government officer had to work hard to relieve the public from the misery.


Loss of life and property

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