Union Home Minister Amit Shah today conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Belagavi district. Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddiurappa was also present.
Over two lakh people have been evacuated from flood-affected areas and 1.61 lakh people are in 664 relief camps across the state.
Shah had reached Karnataka’s Belagavi around 2.30 PM before surveying the flood-prone areas in the district.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediurappa and several other top BJP leaders also accompanied the Union Home Minister during the aerial survey of the area.
After conducting the aerial survey, Yediurappa will meet senior officials in the presence of Shah at 4.30 PM at Sambra Airport in Belagavi to evaluate rescue & rehabilitation measures.
An official release said the death toll has risen to 31 with four more deaths last night while 14 people were missing.
The state government on Saturday declared 80 taluks in 17 districts flood affected and said relief and rescue operations will be carried out in a more focused manner in these places. Most of the Taluks are in Belagavi district which bore the brunt of the nature’s fury.
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.