Bengaluru, Oct 22: Karnataka Chief Minister, who conducted an aerial survey of the flood affected four districts of north Karnataka on Wednesday, said on Thursday that this time the severity of damage due to floods is massive and the Centre has been apprised about the situation and need for more funds to take up relief works effectively.
Talking to newsmen before attending a cabinet meeting at the state Assembly, the State Secretariat, here on Thursday, Yediyurappa said that due to inclement weather he could not visit Vijayapura for the survey.
"The flood situation this year has been much more severe compared to the previous years. Houses and crops have been damaged, and we have apprised the Centre about it. There is a need to give more relief," he added.
He said a decision to give more relief to the flood affected people will be taken in the cabinet meeting.
On Wednesday, Yediyurappa, accompanied by Minister for Home Basavaraj Bommai and Revenue Minister R Ashok, made an aerial survey of Kalaburagi, Yadgir and Raichur districts where the overflowing Bhima river has wreaked havoc for the past nine days.
He said that the army and personnel of the National and State Disaster Response Forces did yeoman service by helping the affected in the region. Underlining that there is no dearth of funds, he said that already Rs 10,000 has been paid to the affected as immediate relief and more funds towards compensation for the loss of crops and house will be given to the affected in the coming days.
According to the Karnataka Disaster Management Authority commissioner Manoj Rajan, 247 villages have been identified as vulnerable while 43,158 people in 136 villages have been evacuated in the four flood hit districts. The district administration has opened 205 relief camps where 37,931 people are staying.