Belagavi, Aug 25 : The seven-member central study team visited headed by Ministry of Home Affairs Joint Secretary (Admin) Sriprakash visited flood affected areas coming under Belagavi district on Sunday.
The team visited flood affected villages in Chikkodi, Kagwad and other taluks and inspected damage caused by floods to agriculture crops, homes, schools and roads, official sources said.
While speaking to media persons at Shedbal village in Kagwad Sriprakash said after the survey it was found that Belagavi district had suffered large scale damage due to heavy floods in River Krishna and said the team would recommend relief to the state government to speed up the relief work to the centre as soon as it finalise a report within a few days. ‘’Priority should be to take up rehabilitation work of those who lost homes in the floods and we will recommend steps to the centre in this regard.’’
He said there was also damage to standing crops, especially sugarcane that was ready to be harvested in the Krishna basin in the district. The Karnataka government had taken adequate steps to bring relief to the people who had been affected due to damage and loss of their homes. Some casualties had been reported and the team will take all these aspects while submitting its report.
The seven-member team began its three day tour of the district and it would also conduct a survey to assess the flood damages in other districts in over 15 districts in Karnataka.
Deputy commissioner S B Bommanahalli and other officials briefed the team on extend of damages caused by the flood in the district.
Sriprakash said Karnataka had suffered severe damages due to floods in Belagavi and in other districts which would be taken into consideration in finalising the recommendations by his team to the centre.
"Rehabilitation and reconstruction of the damaged buildings would take some time. Our team inspected the collapsed houses in Manjari village. We appreciated the relief work initiated by the State government in the district,’’ he said.
He said release of central assistance will take some time as necessary survey has to be carried out. But the union government had released immediate interim assistance and his team would finalise its report as soon as possible.
MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimut met the central study team at Manjri and explained decades old problems of Bank of river families including every year problems by flood affects and appealed to suitable compensation to the flood victims and rehabilitation and reconstruction works.
Other team members included S C Meena, Pnnuswamy, Jitendra Panvar, Vijaykumar, Manikchandra Pandit, O P Suman and District in charge secretary Rakesh Singh. MLC Mahantesh Kavatagimut and senior officers were present.(UNI)