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Officials should assess the situation in flood-hit areas: District in-charge secretary Kalpana

Mysuru, August 19:- “Government needs proper information regarding rain and flood effect. Officials should personally visit the flood-affected areas and do the required verification works,” said District in-charge secretary Dr Kalpana.

She was speaking at the district flood progress review meeting held at Cauvery Hall of KR Sagar in Srirangapattana taluk on Saturday.

“Flood has affected several areas of the district. Distribution of compensation, road and bridge works have to be undertaken. Officials should visit the spot to collect information. The details of the expenditure and other details have to be given to the state government. Adequate funds will be released from the government immediately,” she added.

“Four people have died in the district due to rain and flood. cheques of Rs 5 lakh have been distributed to the families of the dead. Many houses have collapsed at various parts in Hunsur and HD Kote. Officials have personally visited the spot and are investigating. Complete details will be available in the next 2-3 days. Rs 12 – 15 crores will be required to give as compensation,” said Deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar.

“Nanjangud region has faced enough damages due to excessive water released from Cauvery and Kabini Rivers. Water entered several houses in Nanjangud. Suttur Mutt also faced the fury of the floods. Rampura Canal has also breached due to flood. Alamburu irrigation project has also submerged,” he added.

“Kabini basin has faced more losses than that of Cauvery basin. The inflow of water increased a lot on August 9, 10 and 11 at Kabini. 1.2 lakh cusecs of water was released which caused a lot of harm. Taraka Dam which didn’t fill in 20 years got flooded this time. Thirty-five rehabilitation centres were opened in the district. Four goshalas were opened to accommodate cattle in T Narasipura and Nanjangud. People are going back to their villages slowly.  More than 5,000 hectares of agricultural lands have been affected. Tobacco crops at Periyapattana and Hunsur and horticulture crops in Nanjangud were completely destroyed,” he added.

“Epidemics may spread in the flood-affected areas. Eleven health teams have been deputed to all taluks. Villagers have been advised to drink boiled water. The health department is distributing bleaching powder,” he added.

“Several people have been affected. Rs 1 lakh per km has been provided for road repair. Rs 40 lakh is required for the repair of 3 lakes in Hunsur. Several bridges are on the verge of collapse. They have to be listed out immediately and repaired,” he said.

Zilla Panchayat CEO K Jyothi, Additional DC Poornima, Health and Family Welfare officer Dr Venkatesh R, sub-divisional officer Shive Gowda, joint director of Agriculture Department Mahantheshappa and others were present. (MR/KS)

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