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With around 1,024 villages in 80 taluks of 17 districts affected due to floods caused by incessant rains, former chief minister Siddaramaiah appealed to the Union government to declare the floods a national calamity and also immediately release at least Rs 5,000 crore for rescue and relief efforts.
Addressing a gathering of reporters in Bengaluru Siddaramaiah said, “The Union government is still sleeping even after seeing the severity of the floods. Prime Minister Narendra Modi should visit these places, conduct a scientific survey and release Rs 5,000 crore immediately.” The former CM also said that the Centre has till now only released funds of Rs 126 crore which was not even enough for required first aid. He said, “Due to the ongoing floods, more than a lakh crore worth public and private assets have been destroyed. Roads, bridges, railway lines and many other public utilities have been washed away. It may take years to set them right.”
He also added, “It will be very difficult for Chief Minister B. S. Yediyurappa to act alone and it is impossible to ensure justice in all departments. I urge him to immediately form the Cabinet and place ministers in charge of each district. In this situation, you need a revenue minister and agriculture minister to take stock of the situation. Since there is no government, proper measures are not being taken.”
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