Central team visits Belagavi to assess rain damage

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Ashok Kumar from the Union Water Resources Ministry, who is heading the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the Union government along with other members visited Belagavi District today to ascertain the damage caused by the recent rains.

The central study team led by him included Superintendent Engineer VV Shastri of the Central Road Transport and Highways Department and Dr. GS Srinivas Reddy, Senior Advisor of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority.

The central team, which started the tour from Belagavi, first observed the damage to the paddy crop on Yallur road.

After this, they checked the damage to the building of a junior primary school in Shinginkoppa village of Khanapura taluk and sought information about the damage caused by the rains.

Garlgunji School Visit:

Seven out of 11 rooms of Garlagunji’s Adarsh Marathi Vidyalaya have been damaged by rain.

DC Nitesh Patil explained that 150 children in classes 1 to 7 are studying, and as the rooms were damaged, alternative arrangements have been made for classes in the community hall and the existing rooms.

The 65-year-old school building was inspected and the said building collapsed in the month of July. Patil said that the entire school building will collapse step by step.

The school children welcomed them with their handmade bouquets.

The members of the central team inquired about the damage to the school building from the education officer and the headmaster.

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House Damage Check at Topinakatte:

The team observed four houses damaged by the recent rains in Topinakatti.

DC Nitesh Patil informed about this and said that the first installment of Rs 90,000 has been given as compensation for the complete collapse of the house.

The team members asked the DC to build a good house by using five lakh rupees given by the government.

Talking to the media on this occasion, DC Nitesh Patil said that in the month of July and August, there was a total loss of Rs 355 crore in the district due to heavy rains.

According to the NDRF guidelines, the estimated total loss was ascertained at Rs 79.37 crore. DC Nitesh Patil said that a report has already been submitted and another comprehensive report will be submitted by the end of September.

The central study team has been assured by the district administration about the damage to infrastructure including crops, roads, and school buildings.

He explained that detailed information along with photographic and video records was provided to the central team during the meeting.

Finally, the Sindhura-Hemmadaga road near Haruri was inspected.

Earlier, in a meeting held at Belagavi tourist center, DC Nitesh Patil explained the damage caused by the recent heavy rains with statistics.

Three people lost their lives in Savadatti, Khanapur, and Nippani in the district due to heavy rains and compensation of Rs.5 lakh each has been given.

34 cattle have lost their lives and a total of 65 families in five taluks have been affected by the flood.

14 houses totally damaged in the district:

DC Nitesh Patil explained that a total of 1562 houses, including complete and partial, have been damaged in the district, out of which only 14 houses have completely collapsed.

He said that 747 houses were partially damaged and 801 houses were heavily damaged.

27,341 hectares of crops including paddy, maize, and soybean are affected by floods.

Similarly, 127.81 hectares of horticulture crops were lost.

1330 km. Road, 23 bridges, 326 electric poles damaged.

Apart from this, DC Nitesh Patil informed the central study team that 972 primary school buildings and 820 Anganwadi center buildings will also be damaged due to heavy rains.

Photographs, videos and other documents have been provided regarding all these damages, and he requested the team members to consider this and take action to release more compensation.

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