Benglauru, Aug 12 : Terming the flood situation in Karnataka as ‘highly alarming’, former Prime Minister and JD(S) National President H D Deve Gowda, has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare the floods and rain-havoc caused in Karnataka as a National Calamity and immediately release central funds to relief works.
In a letter addressed to Narendra Modi, and a copy of which was released to the media here on Monday, the former Prime Minister had also appealed to the Prime Minister to release a minimum Rs 5000 crore to provide immediate relief to the flood-victims and rebuild the confidence.
He requested the Union government to release funds to Karnataka, pending submission of final memorandum to be submitted by the state government.
Highlighting the extent of damage suffered both to the life and properties of the people of the state, the former Prime minister stated that “There is an urgent need to rebuild the livelihood of lakhs of people, with all forms of assistance from both the State and the Union Government”.
He had also brought to the notice of the Prime Minister that so far as many as 42 people had lost their lives due to flood fury and another 50 were missing and huge tract of land with standing crop had been marooned. (UNI)