Report By Suraj Suresh
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa who held a review meeting on Thursday has announced to release Rs 85.49 Cr as an immediate relief fund for the flood-affected areas in the state. The announcement was made at the review meeting which was held with the officials of districts affected by incessant rains that have wreaked havoc in the state.
The meeting was attended by district collectors, Superintendent of Police, and chief executive officers of districts that have been ravaged by the relentless rains. The CM has asked the authorities to send him video footage to assess the damage done by incessant rains. The state government has already instructed the administration to evacuate people residing in the low lying areas, meanwhile, COVID protocols are to be followed strictly during evacuation.
Additionally, about Rs 36.57 Cr will be released from the CM relief funds to over 51,000 affected farmers’ bank accounts as a subsidy.
Rescue operations by NDRF are in full swing in Northern Karnataka, whereas, 14 rescue boats have been sent to Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts.
Highlights of CM BS Yediyurappa Review meeting :
1) CM BS Yediyurappa releases Rs 85.49 Cr as an immediate relief fund for the flood-affected districts
2) CM has asked the district authorities to send him the footage of devastation
3) CM instructs DCs to evacuate people from villages in the low lying areas
4) The people housed at Relief camps will have to be provided with good quality food and water keeping Covid-19 Situation in mind
5) COVID-19 SOPs will have to be made and followed at all the relief camps. Masks and social distancing is a must.
6) NDRF teams from Chennai and Line have been pressed into action. A total of 12 teams have been deployed in the northern districts of Karnataka.
7) 14 rescue boats from Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Bagalkote and Ballari have been sent to Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts.
8) A sum of Rs 36.57 Cr will be released from the CM relief funds to over 51,810 affected farmers’ bank accounts as input subsidy immediately.
The flood situation in Karnataka remains grim with several low-lying areas submerging due to the heavy rains and release of water from dams in the state. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) Friday predicted rain and thundershowers very likely to occur at a few places over Coastal Karnataka and at isolated places over interior Karnataka for the next 24 hours.
IMD rainfall report from Friday, said, “Southwest monsoon was active over Coastal Karnataka and weak over Interior Karnataka. Rainfall occurred at most places over Coastal Karnataka and at a few places over interior Karnataka.”
Meanwhile, IMD forecast report added that generally, the cloudy sky can become partly cloudy sky towards evening or night in Bengaluru for the next 24 hours.
An overflowing river Bhima severely hit Kalaburagi and Yadgir districts with several villages facing flood-like situations. The water has also destroyed standing crops. North Karnataka is the worst-affected areas as the region has been hit by floods again within a span of three months.