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Central teams visit flood-hit areas in Gulbarga, Belgaum, Bijapur districts

ASSESSING DAMAGE: The Central team inspecting a collapsed house at Hire Mannur village in Afzalpur taluk of Gulbarga district on Thursday.  

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: The five-member Central team on Thursday visited three villages in Afzalpur taluk in Gulbarga district which were declared worst affected in the recent rain and floods.

The team consisting of G. Penchalaiah, Babu Ram, R.M. Deshpande, Niloy Basu, M.P. Sharma, and Kaleemullah arrived in the district in the evening after completing their tour of the flood-hit villages in Bijapur district to start their two-day tour of the affected villages in Afzalpur and Jewargi taluks.

Mr. Penchalaiah and Mr. Deshpande, in a chat with presspersons after visiting Hire Mannur village in Afzalpur taluk, said that after exchanging notes with the second Central team which is touring Belgaum and Bagalkot districts, on Saturday discussions will be held with senior officials of the State Government and Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh and his ministerial colleagues before leaving for New Delhi on Sunday morning.

`Appropriate report'

To a question, Mr. Penchalaiah said that the team will submit its findings to the Union Government any day after Monday.

He said the team will submit an "appropriate report" and it will consist of recommendations to provide relief to the affected people. Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez and lChief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat M.S. Srikar, who received the Central team at Almel in Bijapur district, made a video presentation of the havoc caused by floods in the affected areas and submitted a memorandum seeking an assistance of Rs. 181.45 crores to provide relief to the affected people and also to take up the reconstruction works in the affected villages.

The memorandum said Rs. 78.11 crores is required to pay compensation to agriculturists who lost standing crops in nearly one lakh acres of land, Rs. 23.63 crores to restore the damaged roads and bridges, Rs. 32.20 crores to rehabilitate the affected families, and another Rs. 25.38 crores for restoring public property.

The memorandum pointed out that seven villages have to be shifted permanently to safe areas and in another 46 villages partial rehabilitation is required. Altogether about 200 houses were fully damaged and 1,500 houses were partially damaged in the floods.

Revised memorandum

Our Belgaum Staff Correspondent reports

The memorandum presented by the State Government to the Home Ministry will be the "starting point" for the Central team to base its assessment on the damages caused by the floods and rain, a senior member of one of the Central teams, R. Bhattacharya, said. The State Government has already submitted its "first" memorandum estimating the damage at over Rs. 1,800 crores. A revised memorandum is to be submitted in about a week.

In an informal chat with presspersons before leaving for the flood-affected villages in Athani taluk here on Thursday, Mr. Bhattacharya said the memorandum submitted will be the starting point to assess the damage. However, he did not elaborate.

Soon after its arrival here, the team visited Alataga bridge, near here, where three persons were washed away, and Bambarga where a water tank breached.

It also visited Ugar, Kusnal and Molwad, three of the 94 worst-affected villages in the district.

Satisfaction

Our Bijapur Staff Correspondent reports

The Central team headed by Mr. Penchlaiah on Thursday visited some of the flood-affected areas along the Bhima in Indi and Sindagi taluks.

The team members, who were accompanied by Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Mohsin and Chief Executive Officer of zilla panchayat Nagaraj Hampol, started their tour from Dasur village where they interacted with the affected people. They later visited Umraj, Dhulkhed, Devanagaum and Tarapur to assess the damage caused. While expressing satisfaction about the relief measures the team directed the administration to take steps to ensure that there is no outbreak of epidemic.