Karnataka gets Rs 46 cr for relief work in flood-hit Kodagu

Bengaluru: Karnataka has so far received Rs 46.15 crore as funds for relief and rehabilitation of people in flood-hit Kodagu district, an official statement said.

“The Chief Minister’s relief fund has received a total of Rs 46.15 crore through contributions from various state’s institutions, private firms and employee associations,” a statement from Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s office said.

Demand Drafts (DD) worth Rs 14 crore were received through 153 different individuals and organisations, while more than Rs 9 crore was transferred to the relief fund through internet banking and digital wallets.

Kodagu’s villages, towns and public infrastructure were severely damaged after torrential rains caused floods and landslips in the hilly district during the southwest monsoon from August 14-22.

According to preliminary estimates, the district has suffered losses worth Rs 1,140 crore to public and private property as a result of the rains, Kodagu Deputy Commissioner P. Sreevidya earlier said.

At least 34 village panchayats have been badly damaged.

Apart from the Chief Minister’s relief fund, several Kannada media houses, private organisations and non-governmental organisations have also been collecting funds to help the region in distress.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during her visit to the district last week announced Rs 1 crore aid from Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), being a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka.

She had also said Rs 7 crore will be given to the affected district from the state-run defence organisations’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.

While Karnataka has sought Rs 2,000 crore interim relief from the Centre for rehabilitation measures in the hilly district, Sitharaman had said the aid will be announced only after an assessment of the losses.