Bengaluru, Aug 16: The situation in flood ravaged districts of Karnataka continued to be grim despite there is considerable let off in the devastation.
The State Government, just two months back-- in June and July-- had declared more than 175 Taluks as drought prone and there was huge cry for drinking water and to delay in entry of South West Monsoon had added to the woes faced in villages.
But the dry-spell situation was changed in the beginning of August month as most of the Northern Karnataka districts were facing alarming flood situation following release of huge quantum of water from various reservoirs in Maharashtra to the state. Normal life was thrown out of gear especially in North Karnataka where thousands of people lost their houses, standing crops in vast tract of land were submerged and thousands of people were displaced due to surge of water into villages and towns.
Though the Schools and colleges opened today in Kodagu and other affected districts, the Anganawadi’s remained closed as many of them were converted into Relief Centers to provide shelter to those who were affected by floods. As the situation is said to be coming to normalcy, the death toll is increasing and many bodies were recovered from the debris and the Death toll was put at 62 by the State Government.
Farmers are the most affected as their future seems to be bleak as they could not find avenue to continue agriculture nor find job for earning livelihood besides they don’t have place to sleep in the night.
In Coffee land Kodagu District the people are living under fear of possibility of landslides as it happened last year, despite there is reduction in rain which lashed heavily and filled major reservoirs to full level within 15 days of rain under the influence of South West Monsoon.
The Kodagu district administration have shifted nearly 120 families of Aiyappa hill and Nehru Nagar in Virajpet as the roads developed cracks.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is in New Delhi for two days, have planned to submit a memorandum to the Union government seeking release of funds to take rehabilitation works for the displaced persons in the flood-ravaged districts. According to official sources the total loss caused to the state, due to floods and incessant rains was put at over Rs 50000 crores. (UNI)