Despite sparse rains, district records rain damages

Compensation worth ` 81.72 lakh has been distributed: DC

Even though district adminstration has declared four taluks as drought hit, interestingly it has paid Rs 81.72 lakh as compensation for losses incurred due to heavy rains that Mysore district received last monsoon.

The heavy rainfalls may have brought relief to people and the authorities, following a two year drought, but it also claimed lives of as many as four persons, 10 cattle, while damaging 44.11 acres of land and 830 houses. 

As per the details available, the district received 98 per cent average rainfall. From April to November 2013, it received 759.1 mm rain against average fall of 788.9 mm. Lightning strikes

All the casualties were killed due to lightning. Luckily, floods were not reported in the region. The officials of the disaster management cell said that the number of casualties was reported in four taluks. 

The victims’ families were paid with compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh each. 

Deputy Commissioner C Shikha mentioned that apart from loss of human lives, 10 cattles deaths were reported due to lighting, including six in Nanjangud taluk. A total compensation of Rs 1.4 lakh has been disbursed. 

Crop loss

Nanjangud taluk also hits the list with the highest crop loss of 30.28 acres, of 44.11 acres reported in the district. Farmers have been paid with compensation of Rs 76,000.

 This apart, 830 houses (pucca and kuchcha) have been damaged fully, severly and marginally. Out which 539 cases were reported in H D Kote taluk, followed by Nanjangud (77), and T Narasipur (66). So far, the adminstration has paid Rs 6.79 lakh as compensation to 277 families. 

Other damages include roads, bridges, culverts, water tanks, private buildings, minor irrigation works and electrical damage. Electrical equipment worth Rs 18.75 lakh too damaged and 167 cases have been recorded.

In Periyapatna taluk, a lake breached, leading to losses of Rs 6.50 lakh. Shikha said a total of 44 km of roads were damaged in the district, and the loss were estimated at around Rs 1.14 crore. 

Apart from it, 20 bridges, 545 private buildings were also hit by the rain, and the estimated losses are Rs 34.5 lakh and Rs 73.51 lakh, respectively.

Mysore,T Narasipur, Nanjangud and K R Nagar taluks have been declared as drought hit.

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