Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Wednesday that the state government will provide education for children who lost their parents and relatives in a landslide in Muttalli village in Bhatkal Taluk in Uttara Kannada district. We have provided assistance to the relatives of four people who died in the house collapse. The government takes care of the education of the children, whether it is hostel money or education money. If they don’t have a home, I’ve told the deputy commissioner to build them a house, Bommai told reporters after inspecting the site where four members of a family were buried alive beneath the house that collapsed after a landslide in a nearby hill on Tuesday.
The Chief Minister said Muttalli and surrounding towns in Bhatkal city witnessed so much rain that had never happened in the past. It was like a cloudburst where 515mm of rain fell in an area with a radius of six to seven km, causing a huge loss, especially those who lived under the hill in the low-lying areas where the landslide occurred, causing the house to collapse and four people of a family, said Bomma. This incident should not have happened. Laterite mining has loosened the soil. Prima facie, the torrential downpour led to the incident. We will do the geological study of the area, identify the homes that may be in danger and move residents to safer places, the Chief Minister said.
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According to him, there was a loss of Rs 38 crore to Rs 40 crore in just one day. Bommai said he has instructed the deputy commissioner of Uttara Kannada district to submit a preliminary report on the rain-related damage, including crop loss, loss of infrastructure, damage to houses, shops and shipping boats, so that the aid amount can be given quickly. He said at least 14 districts affecting 115 villages have been hit by rain, with 600 houses completely damaged, 2,312 houses heavily damaged and 14,578 houses partially damaged.
Bommai added that the crop on 21,431 hectares of land was damaged. The numbers may also rise, so a joint study is needed to provide relief, he said.
The Chief Minister said the state government has already released Rs 500 crore to repair infrastructure that has suffered most from heavy rains and flooding.
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