Karnataka declares 103 taluks flood-hit

Karnataka declares 103 taluks flood-hit

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Bengaluru, Aug 14: The Karnataka Government has declared 103 Taluks in 23 Districts as flood affected in the State.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said about 6.97 lakh affected people took shelter in 103 relief centres opened in north Karnataka, Kodagu, Karwar, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru and other districts and they had slowly started moving to their homes and were being assisted to lead a normal life. Rebuilding or newly constructing homes of those who had lost their homes would be taken up on warfooting, he said.

More than 60 companies have shown interest to donate generously towards CM’s Flood Relief Fund, Yediyurappa said the villages would be named after donors who contribute Rs 10 crore.

The authorities have banned vehicular movement for a month in the Charmadi Ghat section as landslides have been reported at several places.

The Karnataka government has, according to initial assessment, has put the loss at Rs 50,000 crore. The State has appealed to the Union Government to release Rs 10,000 crore interim relief immediately to take up relief works on urgent basis.

IMD has sounded orange alert in Kodagu and other southern and coastal districts, including Chikkamagaluru, Udupi and Karwar, stating there might be very heavy to heavy rain in the next 24 hours. However, the State had not received heavy rain for the last three days except in hilly areas. (UNI)