Karnataka estimates loss at ₹3,000 cr; to approach Centre

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on August 20, 2018 Published on August 20, 2018

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy at a press meet in Bengaluru on Monday   -  By Special Arrangement

State govt to seek Himachal Pradesh’s help in handling landslide impact

The Karnataka government on Monday estimated the loss from heavy rains in Kodugu and Dakshina Kannada at Rs ₹2,000-3,000 crore.

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy told newspersons here that while the situation in Kodugu is under control, the losses are mainly on account of damages to roads, bridges and government properties. The loss from damage to crops and livelihood will be assessed shortly and a comprehensive report will be sent to the Centre, he added.

“The Prime Minister and President had called me yesterday to express solidarity. I have told them we will meet them with complete loss/damage assessment report in the districts,” he said.

Commercial crops hit

“The four districts of Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan and Chikmagalur have seen large-scale damage to commercial crops. Complete details will be collated and we will be submitting a comprehensive report to the Centre,” he added.

Right now the State government is concentrating on relief and rehabilitation measures. With 1,750 NDRF personnel pressed into service, 1,725 specially trained personnel are on the ground, helping the stranded people.

The Karnataka government has also sought the assistance of the Himachal Pradesh government in rehabilitating the people of Kodagu impacted by landslides. “The hill State frequently faces landslides. The (HP) government is sending three persons specially trained in handling landslides and earthquakes,” said Kumaraswamy.

Listing out the damage caused by heavy rains, the CM said 845 houses have collapsed while 773 houses are partially damaged. About 173 km of road, 58 bridges and 28 government buildings has been damaged, he added. Also, 2,800 power poles and several transformers have been uprooted.

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Published on August 20, 2018
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