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Villagers yet to get full relief material from State Government

LEARNING FACTS: NDA Convener George Fernandes (right) and State Janata Dal (United) President B Somashekhar speaking to the affected people at Dalit Colony in Hire Mannur village on Friday.

LEARNING FACTS: NDA Convener George Fernandes (right) and State Janata Dal (United) President B Somashekhar speaking to the affected people at Dalit Colony in Hire Mannur village on Friday.  

Residents of Dalit, Kurubara colonies pour out their woes to NDA Convener

Special Correspondent

GULBARGA: Residents of the Dalit and Kurubara colonies in Mannur village, one of the worst-affected villages in the floods in the Bhima on Friday poured out their woes to the former Union Minister and Convener of the National Democratic Alliance, George Fernandes.

More than 85 houses collapsed when the floodwaters entered the Dalit Colony and the adjacent Kurubara Colony forcing the officials of the Revenue Department to evacuate the residents to relief centres.

Collapsed houses, abandoned household articles, including pillows, bed sheets, vessels and others by the residents, who were hurriedly evacuated, are the tell-tale signs of the devastation caused by the floods.

Mr. Fernandes, accompanied by President of the State unit of the Janata Dal (United) and the former Minister B. Somashekar and senior Vice President Basavaraj Ingin and District Working President Raju Kulageri, who visited the village, 80 km from Gulbarga City, expressed shock and sorrow at the devastation and anguish over the delay in providing relief to the affected people.

A group of women in the Dalit colony told Mr. Fernandes that they are yet to get the full relief material from the State Government and that very few families have been provided the relief material and the ex-gratia amount of Rs. 1,000.

Those who had lost their houses in the floods told the team that they are living in a state of uncertainty and do not know whether their houses will be rebuilt by the Government or not.

Even the houses which were spared by the floods are not safe and most of them developed cracks. Officials admitted that the foundation of these houses had weakened due to the long inundation.

Mr. Fernandes said that he was shocked to see the pathetic plight of the affected people and urged the State Government to disburse the relief materials and the ex-gratia amount of Rs. 1,000 to each of the affected families immediately.

Mr. Somasekhar said that the State Government officials should conduct a scientific survey of the affected families and the extent of damage to property and take up the relief and rehabilitation works immediately.

He also demanded that the colonies be shifted to safe places since they always faced the threat of floods from the Bhima whenever the excess water is released from Ujani and Veerbhatkar dams in Maharashtra.

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