Bengaluru, Aug 21: In a Natural disaster incident, While parts of neighboring Kerala are reeling under floods, Karnataka is battling both flood and drought simultaneously.
At least 16 districts in Karnataka have recorded deficient rainfall with the government mulling declaring them drought-hit.
Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has urged the Centre to provide Rs 1 billion relief fund for rain-ravaged state's Kodagu district.
Addressing the media, the chief minister said, "The Prime Minister has announced relief of Rs 5 billion for Kerala, we expect at least Rs 1 billion for Kodagu. We will request the central government for it. We have to repair roads for connectivity. We are taking help of the Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)," Kumaraswamy said.
He added, "We conducted an aerial survey in Kodagu to review the flood situation. In all, 12 people have lost their lives. 845 houses have been damaged out of which 773 houses are partially damaged."
Kumaraswamy stated that a total of 6,620 people have been rehabilitated in the relief camps. He said, "41 relief camps in Kodagu and nine relief camps in Dakshina Kannada have been set up and a total of 6,620 people are sheltered in these relief camps. An adequate supply of drinking water and milk is being ensured in these camps."
However, the process for flood relief has started. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Monday conducted aerial survey landslides and flood-affected areas in Kodagu for the second day.
The CM also presented cheques to persons who lost property in floods in Avarthi village and inspected rain-affected areas in Somawarpet and its adjacent areas on Monday. The Chief Minister had earlier announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for people who lost their houses in floods.