As floods wreak havoc in Karnataka claiming many lives, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in Shivamogga said that there has been a loss of over Rs 50,000 crore in the state. Requesting the Centre to release funds immediately, he claimed that the situation is very bad.
“Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also conducted inspection. There has been a loss of over Rs 50,000 crore in the state. However, I request Government of India to release Rs 10,000 crore immediately.”
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had conduct an aerial survey of flood affected areas in Belagavi district while the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday conducted an aerial survey of the worst-affected Belagavi and Bagalkote districts.
“Today I will meet local MLAs in Shivamogga and discuss the situation. On August 16, I am going to Delhi to meet the Prime Minister to explain the condition of the state,” said Yeddiyurappa .
Amit Shah collected information about the losses and relief and rescue operations at a meeting with officials in Belagavi but did not announce an interim package as expected. The CM revealed that Shah had directed him to visit New Delhi on Aug 16 to finalise the much awaited Cabinet expansion.
Floods in Karnataka have claimed the lives of 48 people while 12 others are missing, official data said on Tuesday. The maximum number of deaths have occurred in Belagavi district where 13 people have been killed while four others are missing. A total of 4,08,322 people have been rescued from the district and evacuated to safer places, the data showed.
As many as 1,224 relief camps are currently operational in the state with 3,93,956 people taking shelter in them. The floods have also resulted in heavy loss of livestock with 767 animals reported dead.