FM Nirmala Sitharaman reviews flood situation in Karnataka

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Karnataka today and reviewed the situation in the rain and flood hit areas of Belagavi and Bagalkote. Visiting the calamity hit Belagavi today, she assured the victims of flood of all assistance from the Central Government. Railways state minister Suresh Angadi was present on this occasion.

Addressing media persons in Bengaluru today, Chief Minister B S Yeddiyurappa informed that the rain fury in Karnataka has killed 24 people, displacing two to four lakh people in 1024 villlages across 80 taluks in 16 districts. Saying that 6000 crore rupees is the preliminary loss figure estimated due to flood and rain, he said that state has sought immediate relief of 3000 crore rupees for taking up rehabilitation. He was addressing media after holding meeting with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials in Bengaluru today.

AIR correspondent reports that Chief Minister informed that he will tour in the South of the state that where rain and flood have played havoc. When asked whether absence of district incharge ministers is hampering the process of clearing compensation cases, the Chief Minister informed that five teams of MPs and MLAs are assigned the responsibility of looking into assessing the damages.

The Chief Minister has appealed to corporate sector and philanthropists to donate liberally towards relief measures. He said some of the villages beside river side have to be shifted completely involving huge funds and requested the private sector to come forward in achieving this. On other side 20 NDRF, 11 army, five Navy and four airforce teams continue to evacuate the distressed and supply essential supplies to the stranded.

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