Staff Correspondent

People of the district had to contend with floods after a period of drought

Four-year-old girl died in August after falling into an abandoned borewell

Agricultural crops worth Rs. 166.85 crore were destroyed in the floods

Bijapur: The year 2009 began with all major political parties selecting candidates for the Lok Sabha elections, which were held from April 16 to May 13.

The major development during the elections in the district was the comeback of BJP candidate Ramesh Jigajinagi who defeated Prakash Rathod of the Congress by 42,404 votes. The district experienced shortage of drinking water in the second and third quarter of the year with major rivers such as the Krishna and Bhima going dry. Owing to excessive usage of water and increasing temperatures, the water level at the Alamatti reservoir came down drastically.

In May, the available water in the Alamatti dam was 18.26 tmcft, of which only 0.61 tmcft was live stock and the remaining 17.65 tmcft was dead storage.

The elected representatives of the district performed “Ganga puja” and offered “bagina” at the source of the Krishna in Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra in August.

The district witnessed a tragic accident on August 31 when a four-year-old girl, Kanchana, fell into an abandoned borewell on the outskirts of Devar Nimbargi village in Indi taluk. The efforts of the government officers, a team of commandos and experts at Hutti Gold Mines for six days to save the child failed.

The worst part of the year was the last quarter as thousands of people were rendered homeless in the floods that occurred in the last week of September and first week of October.

Rainfall

The district received 350 mm of rainfall till the end of September destroying agricultural crops worth Rs. 166.85 crore and horticulture crops worth Rs. 294.10 crore.

The damage to national highways was estimated at Rs 2.50 crore, to city roads at Rs. 54.98 crore, to minor irrigation department tanks at Rs. 4.91 crore, zilla panchayat roads and tanks at Rs. 57 crore, HESCOM lines at Rs. 1.59 crore to medicines stocked by the health department at Rs. 40 lakh and medicines stocked by the veterinary department at Rs. 30 lakh.

With the Government deciding to relocate flood-affected villages, district-level officers have been searching for suitable land for the purpose. After the layouts are developed, they will be handed over to a private organisation which will construct houses.

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