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State Congress asked to report to AICC on rain damage

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nature’s fury: People crowding near the overflowing Dwarasamudra in Belur taluk on Tuesday.
nature’s fury: People crowding near the overflowing Dwarasamudra in Belur taluk on Tuesday.

Staff Correspondent

Two of the four reports have already been sent, says S.M. Anand

HASSAN: The All India Congress Committee (AICC) President has directed the Congress leadership in the State, particularly leaders of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and V.S. Ugrappa, to assess damage to crops and property in each village of the district owing to the heavy rainfall and submit at least four reports on the same to the committee.

Speaking to presspersons here on Tuesday, Congress MLC S.M. Anand said that he had been touring the district as per the direction and had already sent two reports to the AICC. He said in order to cover the entire region; MLAs, former MLAs and block presidents had formed inspection teams.

Mr. Anand said that damage to crops and property was estimated to be at Rs. 15 crore and appealed to the Deputy Commissioner to send a detailed report to the State Government. He urged the State Government to release compensation for the victims from its own exchequer as the Centre would not be able release funds from the Calamity Relief Fund immediately.

Mr. Anand said that Belur taluk had sustained maximum damage to crops and property. He said that most of the damage had been caused by overflowing tanks breaching embankments. “Dwarasamudra in Halebid is overflowing even to this day and most of the roads have been washed away,” he said. The overflowing tank had inundated several low-lying villages in the taluk, he added. More than 40 villages had collapsed and residents had been forced to camp at a school nearby. A Ganji Kendra had also been opened to feed the residents, he said.

In Thirumanahalli village in Belur taluk, the main road has been completely damaged, he said. Mr. Anand said that the standing crops such as paddy, betel nut and maize on 100 acres had been washed away in H.D. Halli in Arkalgud taluk, following the breach of a village tank. In Doddagandanahalli village, a house had been struck by lightning, he said, and added that the residents were safe. In Hassan city, many low-lying areas were flooded.

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