Rains leave 119 dead so far in Karnataka

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Bangalore:  As many as 119 people have lost their lives in Karnataka in rain-related incidents which have also led to damages estimated at Rs. 2,724.37 crore this year, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Thursday.

In his meeting with the inter-ministerial central team on floods which toured rain-hit parts of the state, he said, Karnataka recorded rainfall of 888 mm, from June 1 to September 18 this year, 17 per cent more than its normal 758 mm.

Eight districts received more than 40 per cent average rainfall, four received 30-40 per cent more and five received 20-30 per cent more.

In his memorandum to the team, Mr. Siddaramaiah said 119 human lives has been lost since April 2013 and 11,536 houses damaged; 1,33,572 hectare agriculture crops damaged at an estimated loss of Rs. 320.03 crore, and 1,16,024 ha horticulture crops damaged at an estimated loss of Rs.1846.44 crore.

It also mentioned about damage to roads, bridges and culverts, irrigation tanks, minor irrigation works, water supply schemes, transformers and electrical supply lines.

The Chief Minister listed the steps taken by his government to meet the situation, such as ex-gratia payments to the affected, compensation and other relief activities.

Mr. Siddaramaiah said the current month saw heavy rainfall in almost all parts of the state and wide-spread damages have occurred due to floods. The rainfall received during September (till 19th of this month) was about 97 per cent above the normal.

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