Karnataka seeks Rs 1,118 crore relief from Centre for flood-hit districts

Vastavam web: The Karnataka government has asked the Centre to release Rs 1,118.40 crore to take up relief works in rain-battered Kodagu district, Malnad region and coastal parts of the state. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on thursday submitted a memorandum to Union Home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, estimating the loss at Rs 3,486 crore.

The memorandum said the relief claimed was based on preliminary assessment and comprehensive assessment was in process as many villages were inaccessible due to landslides. The rain fury had claimed 65 lives and left a trail of devastation, particularly in Kodagu. “The entire fertile top soil has been washed away which is likely to adversely affect the local ecology. Coffee estates have been reduced to a pile of mud due to massive landslides,” the memorandum said.

While coffee estates suffered a loss of Rs 1,000 crore, national highways (NH-275, NH-75 and NH-234), state highwaysand major district roads, village roads and forest roads were badly damaged due to rain induced landslides and incessant rainfall, the memorandum said. Speaking to reporters in Delhi, Kumaraswamy said the union home minister gave a patient hearing and said the centre would look into the demand sympathetically.