Rain damages in district estimated at Rs 56.51 lakh

Rain damages in district estimated at Rs 56.51 lakh

Deputy Commissioner C Shikha on Tuesday disclosed that rainfall received in the district till the month of April has damaged properties worth Rs 56.51 lakh including loss of livestock, damage to houses and destruction of standing crops.

Participating in a meeting convened at her office in the city by District in-charge Secretary Amitha Prasad, the deputy commissioner explained that owing to recent heavy rainfall, six livestock were reported dead and the loss was estimated at Rs 75,000.

A total of 402 houses had been damaged with losses reported at Rs 28.76 lakh, while 342 acres of standing crops worth Rs 27 lakh were damaged.

Adequate funds

Shikha said that adequate funds of Rs 9.7 crore was available under Calamity Relief Fund, of which Rs 1.5 crore had been sanctioned.

Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Dr Devdas claimed that there was sufficient fodder for cattle for now.

In all 2.57 lakh tonnes of cattle feed was available, and the same would last for another 14 months, he said, adding that no goshalas (cattle shed) had been opened.

On the status of drinking water supply, said that till April a grant of Rs 2.67 crore had been diverted from Calamity Relief Fund to various implementation officers.

A total of 228 works were underway and measures like supplying water through tankers, besides repair works on pipelines and also flushing of borewell points were being taken up.

Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Mysore, P A Gopal said that water was being supplied through tankers in 21 villages. As and when complaints related to drinking water supply is received, authorities concerned were acting swiftly to address the same, he claimed.

Mid-day meals

Among 49,594 students at 548 schools coming under drought hit taluks in the district, 11,500 students were availing the benefit of mid-day meal during summer vacation

Joint Director, department of Agriculture, Mahanteshappa  said seeds had been distributed under a subsidy scheme.

Amitha Prasad directed the officials to focus on mitigating woes pertaining to drinking water for the next two months.