Central team assures factual report on losses suffered in Dakshina Kannada

MANGALURU: The three-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) continued its tour of flood-affected parts of district for the second day on Thursday.

The team, headed by Bhartendu Kumar Singh, deputy secretary, Union ministry of finance, visited Mangaluru, Bantwal, Puttur and taluks with deputy commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S updating the team about the losses to crop, property and infrastructure, on the ground.
The team inspected collapsed retaining wall adjacent to new vented dam at Thumbe, water stored in which is used by the city to meet its water requirements for various purposes. They later visited Mularpatna, where a bridge across the Phalguni river has collapsed and also obtained information on the alternative routes that the district administration has drawn up to ensure that the people go about their daily lives without much of an hindrance.

The sight of areca nut plantations badly hit by fruit rot disease greeted the team at Vitlapadnuru village. After gathering information about losses suffered here, the team also inspected areca nut plantations hit by the same disease in Kaniyur. Later they inspected the damage caused by mud slide along the road that connects school at Kallaje in Indabettu GP limits. The team later also inspected the damage cause to Shirady Ghat before leaving for Hassan district.

Earlier, late on Wednesday, the team assured district administration that it will provide a factual report on the extensive losses the district has suffered. Senthil informed the team that the district administration operated 14 relief camps to provide relief to people affected by the deluge. The district recorded 11 deaths and 1,770 houses bore the brunt of SW-monsoon, he said, adding compensation amount has been released to house owners as per NDRF norms.

The administration has already submitted a preliminary report estimating losses of around Rs 213 crore to state government and that the administration needs additional funds to restore the basic infrastructure back to its pre-monsoon status. Areca nut growers badly need help in that nearly 39,000 hectares of areca nut plantation has been hit across DK, DC said, adding even pepper, coconut and other plantation crop growers too need financial aid for their losses.

Noting that Rs 3.40 crore has already been released for repair of rural roads under calamity relief fund, DC said Mescom has suffered infrastructure losses of around Rs 6 crore. Trees falling on houses too have caused immense damage, he said. The team earlier inspected losses to property and infrastructure at Panja, Kilinjaru and Malavoor areas of Mulki before holding a meeting with the district administration to gain primary information on losses.
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