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Rain wreaks havoc in Karnataka: 24 people killed so far, 5 lakh hectares of crops destroyed

24 people have lost their lives due to tragedies related to heavy rains in Karnataka since September.

Heavy Rain in Karnataka: 24 people have lost their lives due to tragedies related to heavy rains in Karnataka since September. Five lakh hectares of agricultural crops have also been damaged in the state due to rain. Some important points emerged from the meeting held on Sunday evening at his home office Krishna under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai to review the damage caused by incessant rains in various parts of the state. According to sources, the preliminary report of the damage said that 658 houses were completely damaged and 8,495 houses were partially damaged. Due to this 191 animals have also died. About 5 lakh hectares of agricultural crops have been destroyed and the loss of horticulture crops has been estimated at 30,114 hectares. Incessant rains in the state have damaged 2,203 km of road.Also Read – 68 percent more rain than normal in Tamil Nadu, 10 thousand people in 220 relief camps

165 bridges have also been damaged. The report mentions that 1,225 school buildings, 39 public health center (PHC) buildings in various districts have also been badly damaged by the rains. The report said that 1,674 electric poles were damaged and 278 transformers were also damaged. Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural, Tumakuru, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, Hassan districts have suffered massive damage. Under the National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF), an amount of Rs 689 crore has been made available with the district commissioners in the districts. Chief Minister Bommai has assured to allot more funds if needed. Also Read – Heavy Rain in Kerala: Heavy rain in Kerala caused landslides in high altitude areas, ‘Orange Alert’ issued for six districts

The officers of the Agriculture Department at all levels have been instructed to conduct crop damage survey. Crops in 3.43 lakh hectares were affected due to incessant rains in August and September, affecting 1.5 lakh farmers and Rs 130 crore was released for them. Compensation of 79,000 farmers is pending and Chief Minister Bommai has directed to release Rs 79 crore to clear their due compensation. Action has been taken to immediately release one lakh rupees each as the first installment of relief for the house losers. The officers have been instructed to take action for the speedy distribution of crop loss insurance amount by the insurance companies. In the meeting, orders were given to start road repair work immediately after the rain. Also Read – Chennai Rain Update: Heavy rains in Tamil Nadu cause huge loss to farmers, crop of 3,500 hectares destroyed

It was also suggested to do the repair work of irrigation tanks on a war footing. The government has also decided to release Rs 25 lakh for each area in the BBMP limit for filling of potholes. Instructions have been given to submit ward wise report of loss in BBMP limits. Home Guards, Civil Defense Force teams have started rescue and relief work. In the meeting, if needed, the officers were instructed to increase their strength.

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