Amit Shah on Karnataka survey, 67 People died in flood: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will conduct an aerial survey of flood-affected areas of Karnataka on Sunday. The home minister will assess the flood situation in Belagavi district. Shah will reach Belagavi at 2.30 pm and conduct an aerial survey of flood-prone areas in the district. Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa will also accompany him.
According to the officials, after conducting the aerial survey, Yediyurappa will meet senior officials in the presence of Shah at 4.30 pm at Sambra Airport in Belagavi.
As per the officials, the Karnataka government declared 80 taluks in 17 districts flood-affected even as the death toll rose to 26 and thousands of people were rendered homeless on Saturday. The order was said to be issued taking into account the damage to the crop, loss of human lives, livestock and basic infrastructure.
The officials revealed that the taluks are in Belagavi, Bagalkote, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Vijayapura, Gadag, Haveri, Dharwad, Shivamogga, Chikkamagaluru, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Uttara Kannada and Mysuru.
The Chief Minister has also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation to next of kin of the people who lost their lives in the floods that have crippled the state, on Saturday. The Chief Minister also informed that over two lakh people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas and 1.61 lakh people are in 664 relief camps across the state, while around 3.75 lakh hectare crop area, 14,000 houses and 478 km of power lines have been damaged in the floods.
Earlier, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had also visited the flood-affected areas in Belgaum. Meanwhile, all schools and colleges, be it government or private, in the affected flood-hit districts will remain closed till 15 August.