Udupi: Rain Damage - Kota Srinivas Poojary Asks Officials to be Alert Round the Clock
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Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SM)
Udupi, Aug 12: A meeting was convened by district incharge minister Kota Srinivas Poojary at the DC's office here on Saturday August 11 to assess the rain situation in the district.
In the wake of the existing situation in Udupi, he strictly ordered the government officials to be present in the headquarters and make themselves available to handle any situation. "Keep your mobile phones switched on 24 hours and attend all the calls without fail, keeping your duty above your personal life," he said addressing the officials.
The DC also reiterated the same and added that areas hit by sea erosion and heavy rainfall have been provided with country boats and payment for the same will be done at the earliest.
He said,"The rains in Udupi and Dakshina Kannada are a welcome relief, as we were waiting for a month. But unfortunately, the rain has caused natural calamities at many places."
He requested the people living in flood-hit areas to vacate their houses and make use of government facilities till the water level reduces.
Agricultural losses reported are not much, but roads in almost all areas have been badly damaged, he said.
It was also decided that a sum of Rs 3 crore to Rs 5 crore will be used to rebuild the damaged roads and provide alternate solutions where transport has come to a halt completely.
Loss of life was another major issue. Till date, the rains have claimed four lives in Hattiangady and two in Bailoor. A compensation of 1.5 lac has been handed over to the families of the deceased.
"Fire brigade, police and volunteers should give their maximum to the rescue efforts in the rain-affected areas," the DC urged.
He reviewed the situation with Udupi, Kundapur and Karkala tahsildars, the zilla panchayat, MESCOM, CMC and PWD officials and appealed them to provide maximum support to the people of the district.
The MLAs appealed to the minister to request for funds from the state government. The minister said that an estimated amount of Rs 10 crore is required for undertaking temporary measures.
"All the MLAs will personally meet the CM and get the work done at the earliest," he assured.