Special Correspondent

Compensation of Rs. 1 lakh handed over

More than 500 houses have collapsed

Breaches in tanks and barrages have flooded surroundings

GULBARGA: Deputy Commissioner Pankajkumar Pandey and chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat P.C. Jaffer visited some of the rain-hit areas in the district on Monday to get firsthand information on losses due to the unseasonable rain.

The officials handed over a compensation of Rs. 1 lakh each to the family members of three people who died after being struck by lightning in Shahapur and Jidga village in Aland taluk.

The compensation for the victim who died near Nelogi in Jewargi taluk could not be handed over because of technical reasons.

The victim was from neighbouring Bijapur district and had crossed the Bhima river with his goats when the lightning struck and killed him on the spot.

Official sources said that efforts were being made to release compensation to six persons who had suffered injuries after being struck by lightning in the district.

According to preliminary information, minor irrigation tanks and barrages suffered extensive damage in Yadgir taluk due to the heavy rain, and four tanks belonging to the zilla panchayat at Halgera, Kadechur, Chandarki sanna kere and Honegera tank had breached, flooding of low-lying areas. Work is on to plug the breaches.

In Yadgir taluk, the authorities shifted more than 100 families after their homes were flooded. At least three places in Yadgir and Shahapur were cut off on Sunday because the roads had been washed away. Sources said more than 500 houses, mostly in Shahapur, Surpur and Yadgir, had collapsed partially or fully due to the incessant rain. The exact amount of loss was still being assessed.

o far, no compensation has been paid to those who lost their houses.

Apart from this, as many as 268 domestic animals, mostly sheep and goats, perished in the rain and flash floods. The highest loss was in Surpur taluk where about 178 sheep and goats perished, followed by 82 in Shahapur.

Details about crop loss is being assessed and the report will be ready by Tuesday. Details are also being collected about the damage to minor irrigation tanks and barrages.