Rescue efforts

(C Suresh Kumar/TOI, BCCL, Chennai)

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday said that 32 people have been killed in rain-related incidents in the recent past in the state.

In lieu of this unfortunate tragedy, the state government has said that they will release ₹500 Crores to restore public infrastructure damaged in heavy rainfall and floods across Karnataka.

“Five persons are still missing and more than 300 persons have been evacuated to safe places against the backdrop of landslides and floods,” he added.

Talking to reporters after holding a meeting with officials in Udupi, Bommai added that 34 persons sustained injuries in the rain-related incidents.

Fourteen relief camps have been set up and eggs are being distributed to people to ensure nutrition.

Coastal districts have borne the brunt of incessant rainfall in July. The three coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi as well as the Kodagu district have received excess rainfall this year in July. North Karnataka districts have also received exceptional rainfall this month.

Four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been pressed into service in Kodagu, Belagavi and Raichur districts while many State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) teams are working in Belagavi, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts, he added.

He stated that the state government has ordered agencies to conduct studies on the earthquakes in the Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts, the landslides in the coastal and Kodagu districts, as well as to examine the sea erosion in the areas.

To study the repeated earthquakes in Kodagu and the coastal region, the Geological Survey of India (GSI), the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) and the Universities of Bengaluru and Mysuru have been asked to conduct studies and discuss solutions.

“Amrutha University is an expert in the field of studying landslides, and they have taken up the research in Kodagu district. The order will be given to study the Western Ghats region,” he said.

Karnataka has 330 kilometres of sea shore. Though ₹300 Crores have been spent on the prevention of sea erosion in the state, the problem still persists.

“Our state will implement modern wave breaker technologies implemented by the Kerala government. It will be implemented on a trial basis for 1 kilometre and will later be extended to the whole stretch,” Chief Minister Bommai said.

Bommai maintained that he will visit Karwar, Belagavi and other North Karnataka districts next week.

Five people were killed in the Dakshina Kannada district while three perished in the Uttara Kannada district in rain-related incidents.

In addition, crops in 129 hectares in Udupi and 214 hectares in Dakshina Kannada were devastated. 355 hectares of agricultural and horticultural fields have been harmed by rain.

As many as 429 houses in Dakshina Kannada, 437 houses in Uttara Kannada and 196 in Udupi have been damaged. In total, 1,062 houses were damaged in three districts, in which 55 were damaged fully and 26 houses suffered major damages, the chief minister said.

He added that 727 kilometres of road in Dakshina Kannada, 500 kilometres in Uttara Kannada and 960 kilometres in Udupi have been damaged. In total, 2,187 km of road have been washed away by the rains.

Around 5,595 electric poles, 427 transformers, 168 bridges and culverts have been destroyed by floods triggered by heavy rain in these three districts.


The above article has been published from a wire agency with minimal modifications to the headline and text.