Rain losses in Karnataka: 24 dead, 5 lac hectare of crops destroyed

Bengaluru, Nov 22 (IANS): As many as 24 persons lost their lives due to tragedies related to the heavy rainfall in Karnataka since September. The rains have also caused loss of agricultural crops in five lakh hectares in the state.

These were some of the important points that emerged from the Sunday evening meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai at his home office, Krishna, to review the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state.

According to sources, the preliminary report on the damages stated that 658 houses were completely damaged and 8,495 houses were partially damaged. It has also resulted in the death of 191 livestock.

Around 5 lakh hectares of agricultural crops were lost and the horticulture crop loss has been assessed at 30,114 hectares. The continuous rains have damaged 2,203 kilometres of roads in the state.

As many as 165 bridges are also damaged. The report mentioned that 1,225 school buildings, 39 public health centre (PHC) buildings in various districts are also severely damaged by rains. 1,674 electric poles are damaged and 278 transformers have also suffered damages, the report says.

Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagar, Hassan districts have suffered extensively.

An amount of Rs 689 crore has been made available with District Commissioners in districts under the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF). The Chief Minister Bommai has assured allocation of more funds if necessary.

Officers of the Agriculture department at all levels were instructed to conduct surveys of crop losses. Crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were affected due to incessant rains in August and September affecting 1.5 lakh farmers and Rs 130 crore has been released for them. Compensation for 79,000 farmers is pending and Chief Minister Bommai instructed for the release of Rs 79 crore towards clearing the compensation due for them.

Action for immediate release of Rs 1 lakh each as the first installment of relief for those lost their houses. Officers have been instructed to take action for speedy disbursal of crop loss insurance amount by the insurance companies. Orders were issued to take up the road repair works immediately after the rain spell in the meeting.

It was also suggested to take up the repair of irrigation tanks on war-footing. The government has also decided to release Rs 25 lakh for each zone in the BBMP limits for pothole fillings. Instructions for submitting ward wise reports on damages in the BBMP limits have been given.

Home Guards, Civil Defence Force teams are ready to take up the rescue and relief work. Officers were instructed to augment their strength, if necessary in the meeting.






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  • Ben D'Souza Prabhu, Mangalore, Bombay Bandra now in Canada

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    Indeed very sorry to read the Report of Damage, destruction, loss of property as well as heavy loss of lives, mostly from very poor sector people from hand to mouth. The restoration process will take hell of a time for the State as well as Centre Government; that too if the deputed Officers work impeachably honest and trust worthy. I only hope and pray that our extremely Generous n Graceful Government will take all these matters into consideration and do the rightful need for the people, specially the poor stricken persons who have suffered the most THANKING THE ALL NOBLES WHO RENDERED TIMELY HELP !!!

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    It amounts to TWO thousand and ONE thousand ONLY that too pending.

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  • Brian Corda, Shirva

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    ಗಂಟೆ ಜಾಗಟೆ ಬಾರಿಸಿ, ದೀಪ ಕ್ಯಾಂಡೆಲ್ ಹಚ್ಚಿ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಮಾಡೋಣ... ಒಂದು ಕರೆ ಕೊಡಿಸಿ ಸನ್ಮಾನ್ಯ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳಿಂದ..

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  • Paul Dsouza, balakunje

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    God said ...if you distroy nature... Nature will distroy. Face it. Sad feeling.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    @ real kujuma, kodial Why are expressing negative thoughts and wishing bad things on people who have done anything wrong. BJP government and the leaders may be not governing the country/people in a secular way but their sins should not be reason for Gods curse. We can rather pray to God to help us to for sea happy days ahead with a change of the government.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Nov 22 2021

    effect of persecution of minorities is showing up...next year famine for sure in karugala naadu

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