Rain damage in Belgaum put at Rs. 653.94 crores

Staff Correspondent

BELGAUM: The recent rainfall and floods, which left a trail of destruction in some parts of the State particularly Belgaum, have caused extensive damage to private and public property in the district. As per the final estimates prepared by various departments, the loss has been put at Rs. 653.94 crores.

The number of human lives lost in the floods and to lightning and in house collapses is 22. As many as 1,238 heads of cattle valued at Rs. 66.22 lakhs have been washed away.

According to sources here on Tuesday, the loss to private property has been put at Rs. 333.49 crores while the loss to public property has been estimated at Rs. 320.45 crores. Of this, the loss in the four most affected taluks of Chikkodi, Gokak, Raibag and Athani account for Rs. 520.10 crores.

The taluk-wise break-up shows that the loss in Chikkodi taluk is the highest, an estimated Rs. 185.22 crores, followed by Athani which has suffered a loss of Rs. 112.87 crores, Gokak Rs. 121.16 crores, Raibag Rs. 47.84 crores, Hukkeri Rs. 92.05 crores, Belgaum Rs. 25.33 crores, Bailhongal Rs. 23.66 crores, Saundatti Rs. 22.54 crores, Khanapur Rs. 18.09 crores and Ramdurg Rs. 5.14 crores. Of the 25,265 houses that have collapsed, 5,121 have been fully damaged. As per the estimates prepared by engineers, village accountants and gram panchayat secretaries, the loss under this category has been put at Rs. 40.09 crores.

The Agriculture Department, which conducted a survey to assess damage to crops in the affected villages in the district, has put the loss at Rs. 285.05 crores with standing crops in 60,688.83 hectares of land having been lost to floods.

The floods have caused extensive damage to the power distribution network, mainly transformers and electricity poles of Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) on the banks of the Krishna.

In all, 2,445 transformers, 5,016 poles and 1,017.05 km of cables have been damaged; in all accounting for Rs. 11.40 crores, as per the estimates prepared by KPTCL.

As far as public property is concerned, 68.47 km of zilla panchayat roads, 224.68 km of Public Works Department roads have been damaged. In terms of money, the loss has been estimated at Rs. 15.21 crores. In addition, 741 public property, including school, anganwadi and other government offices in rural areas, have been damaged causing a loss of Rs. 1.81 crores.

The floods have also caused damage to minor irrigation tanks and distribution canals. As many as 11 tanks and canals suffered breaches and other damages accounting for Rs. 22.32 lakhs loss to the Minor Irrigation Department.

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