State to seek Central aid to tackle drought, flood

State to seek Central aid to tackle drought, flood

The government is likely to seek financial aid from the Centre to tackle drought and floods in the State.

Official sources said the government had prepared a memorandum seeking about Rs 475 crore to take up relief works in flood-affected areas, and Rs 744 crore in drought-hit areas.

The actual loss due to floods in the three coastal districts, besides the Malnad region, is about Rs 2,400 crore. As many as 80 taluks are reeling under drought, mostly in the south interior Karnataka, and the estimated loss is around Rs 1,058 crore.

The worst-hit districts are Ramanagara, Bangalore Rural, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur and Kolar.

The government is seeking funds as per the prescribed norms and not to the extent of the actual damage. The memorandum is likely to be submitted to the Union Agriculture and Home departments.

For the last three years, many parts in Karnataka have been facing drought. Though the estimated losses were put at Rs 11,000 crore last year, the government had sought Rs 600 crore for taking up relief works. However, it had received only Rs 350 crore.

As per the weather pattern, hosted by the Karnataka State Disaster Management Cell (KSDMC) on their website, it is noted that North Interior Karnataka had a departure of (-) three per cent from its usual rainfall over the past six months between January 1 and September 1. Correspondingly, South Interior Karnataka was relatively comfortable with (-) two per cent departure from the usual rainfall.

The heaviest rainfall received this season was in the Malnad region with a (+) 18 per cent departure from the normal rainfall predicted. In coastal Karnataka, the departure was (+) one per cent from the usual rainfall.

KSDMC, in its report for the south western monsoon season between June 1 and August 5, has stated that as many as six districts have received excess rainfall, with 21 districts receiving deficit rainfall. Close to 18 hoblis have experienced four and more weeks of consecutive dry spells during the same period.

The worst-affected districts during the monsoon season have been Chikkaballapur and Kolar, with all their taluks registering a negative departure from normal rainfall.
Excess rainfall was recorded in all the three taluks in Kodagu district.

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