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In thelegislature Kodagu and six other districts face the brunt of rain fury

Six lives lost in Kodagu districtRoads, crops and houses damagedCompensation package to be announced soon

BANGALORE: The death and destruction wrought by heavy rain, in Kodagu district in particular, figured in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, and Revenue Minister Jagadish Shettar said the Government had taken up relief measures on a war footing.

The Minister told H.D. Basavaraju (BJP) that heavy rainfall had claimed six lives in Kodagu and damaged roads, bridges, crops and houses.

His department was receiving reports of damage to public and private property from Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Udupi, Shimoga, Chikmagalur and Hassan districts, besides Kodagu.

Compensation of Rs. 50,000 would be paid to the relatives of those who lost their lives, he said.

Minister visits Kodagu

Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda, who is also in charge of Kodagu, had visited the district on Tuesday to assess the damage, Mr. Shettar said.

Home Minister M.P. Prakash said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would soon convene a meeting of legislators representing the rain-affected regions and announce a relief and compensation package for each district. The Government would not let down the people of Kodagu and would take all steps to help those affected, Mr. Prakash said.

Earlier, Mr. Basavaraju said normal life in Kodagu had been affected following heavy rain for the past few days and demanded that the Government announce compensation to families whose houses and crops were damaged.

H.M. Vishwanath (JD-S) said 800 electricity poles were uprooted, 125 Janata houses, two primary health centres, bridges and potato crop on 2,000 acres were damaged in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district.

Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri (BJP) said several parts of Uttara Kannada were without power supply.

Raghupathy Bhat (BJP) urged the Government to release funds to check erosion in Udupi district.

Araga Jnanedra (BJP), Jayaprakash Hegde (independent) and B.A. Jivijaya and Abhayachandra Jain (both Congress) demanded higher compensation than what had been laid down in the revenue manual to families that had lost crops and houses.