Union home minister Amit Shah will be conducting an aerial survey of the flood-hit region of Belagavi in Karnataka. State chief minister BS Yediyurappa is also expected to be a part of the survey
New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah will be conducting an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Belagavi district in Karnataka, on Sunday (August 11).
Shah will reach Belagavi at 2.30 pm and conduct an aerial survey of flood-prone areas in the district. Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa will also accompany him.
After conducting the aerial survey, Yediyurappa will meet senior officials in the presence of Shah at 4.30 pm at Sambra airport in Belagavi. On August 10, Yediyurappa announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the people who lost their lives in the floods.
The chief minister also informed that over two lakh people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas and 1.61 lakh people are in 664 relief camps across the state.
Yediyurappa also said that around 3.75 lakh hectare crop area, 14,000 houses and 478 km of power lines have been damaged in the floods. Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also visited the flood-affected areas in Belagavi.
Meanwhile, all schools and colleges — government and private — in the flood-hit districts will remain closed till August 15.
In Belagavi alone, 1,410 km of roads, 211 bridges, over 4,000 government buildings, hundreds of water supply infrastructure, 2,000 electric poles were destroyed.
Thousands of people are also stranded in the flood-hit regions of Haveri with only one rescue boat that is operational in the region. The entire district has one paddle boat that can use used in the strong current, leaving thousands of people to endure heavy rain and floods. Swollen rivers have turned villages into islands. Rescue operations have become increasingly difficult without the availability of motorboats.
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Last Updated Aug 11, 2019, 12:15 PM IST