Heavy rains in Karnataka: Opposition leader lashes out at Yediyurappa government

South India

Former chief minister Siddaramaaiah, who is hospitalised with Covid-19 infection, has lashed out at the B S Yediyurappa government from his hospital bed on Thursday, August 6, for its failure to come to the rescue of people affected by the torrential rains lashing the state for the last two days.

In a series of tweets, Siddaramaiah, who is currently leader of the opposition in the State Assembly, wondered whether there was a government in the state. “There is heavy downpour in various parts of Karnataka, disrupting livelihoods of many people. The govt. has failed to come to their rescue. Do we even have an existing govt?” Siddaramaiah tweeted.

Noting that the government should immediately take decisions to ease the burden on people during these floods, he said, they should identify shelter homes and relocate people from risky areas, and the Chief Minister should immediately distribute the work to ministers and officers, the Hindustan Times report.

“Govt had failed to provide relief to the people who had suffered from floods during last Aug-Oct. In spite of our repeated protests, govt had turned a deaf ear. But innocent people are paying the price,” he said in another tweet.

The Economic Times reported that several parts of Karnataka, especially the coastal, Malnad and north interior regions facing a flood like situation for the third consecutive year, putting lives and properties at risk.

Several districts of the state’s coastal, malnad and north interior regions are getting heavy rains and the showers are expected to continue, there are reports of landslides in hilly areas of Kodagu and Chikkamagaluru districts.

Yediyurappa, who has ordered the release of Rs 50 crores for emergency relief purposes, has directed the district in- charge Ministers to take precautionary measures in the wake of heavy rainfall across the State.

He has instructed the ministers to remain in their constituencies and tour the affected areas, his office said in a statement, adding that he has also directed them to undertake relief distribution and other necessary measures.

Yediyurappa is currently under treatment for Covid infection at a city hospital.

In August 2019, Karnataka had witnessed one of its worst natural calamities when heavy floods affected 103 taluks in 22 districts, killing more than 80 people and displacing nearly seven lakh people (with inputs from Hindustan Times)

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