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Updated: October 2, 2009 15:14 IST

120 divers from Pune to help in rescue work in flood-affected districts of Karnataka

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A file picture of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: Arun
A file picture of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa. Photo: Arun

Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that 120 expert divers from Pune are coming to the State on Friday for carrying out the rescue operations in the flood-affected districts of north Karnataka.

Besides, 32 motor boats are being procured from Pune for rescuing people stranded in the flood-hit villages. Calamity relief funds have been released to the flood-ravaged districts for taking up relief work, Mr. Yeddyurappa added.

He was speaking to presspersons here after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Square on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.

The Chief Minister, who stayed overnight in the city after the valedictory of three-day Chintan Baithak at Suttur near here on Thursday, said he would conduct an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged areas in an Indian Air Force helicopter on October 4 since he could not do it on Friday because of inclement weather. “I will visit some areas of flood-affected Haveri district by road later in the day,” he added.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that Deputy Commissioners of the districts concerned had been asked to take up relief operations on a war-footing and set up gruel centres for the people affected by heavy rains and floods.

Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and district in-charge Shobha Karandlaje and Chief Minister’s Parliamentary Secretary S.A. Ramdas were among others present.

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