Dharwad: Just a few weeks ago, many parts of north Karnataka had inadequate rainfall and farmers were worried about failure of their crops. The monsoon may have been late in getting off the ground, but it is now raining with a vengeance in the districts of north Karnataka.
At least 46 people have died over the last few days and standing crops have been destroyed because of the flooding. The chief minister will conduct an aerial survey of the region on Friday.
"Over the last few days, at least 46 people have died in the northern districts of the state - many in house collapses. Rivers are overflowing and standing crops and roads have been badly damaged," says Dharwad DC, Darpan Jain.
"The chief minister has announced a sum of one lakh rupees to the families of those who have died - and he will undertake an aerial survey of the affected areas on Friday. There is also financial compensation for damaged houses and loss of livestock, says Dharwad MP, Prahlad Joshi.
"Ninety eight food distribution centres have been set up and 74 people have been rescued so far. Already Rs 200 crore is available with the deputy commissioners of the districts. Today we are releasing Rs 100 crore for the affected districts. Health department will take up clearing and public health measures," Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said.
But for those facing the brunt of nature's fury the hope now is for a let up in the rainfall.