BENGALURU: The Centre on Friday announced the ‘advance release’ of Rs 1,200 crore from National Disaster Relief Fund (NDRF) to Karnataka after taking into account the paucity of funds in its State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF).
Union Home Minister Amit Shah also approved financial assistance to the flood-hit Bihar as well.
Earlier, the Karnataka government had submitted a report to the Centre claiming that the July-August floods caused loss of around Rs 35,000 crore.
"Centre approves finance assistance additional financial assistance of Rs. 1,813.75 crore from National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to the state of Karnataka and Bihar," said an official statement.
"Keeping in view the severity of flood situation and the fund positions in the SDRF [State Disaster Response Fund] account of the states of Bihar and Karnataka, the Home Minister has approved the release of Rs 400 Crore to Bihar and Rs 1,200 crore to Karnataka from NDRF on account basis”, it added.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday thanked the Central government for the financial assistance of Rs. 1,200 crores.
"Central government has released an amount of Rs. 1200 crores for Karnataka in advance from the National Disaster Response Fund. Expressing gratitude for the support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on behalf of the people of Karnataka," Yediyurappa tweeted.
According to the government report, more than 88 persons have lost their lives, still, 10 persons are missing; more than 7 lakh people have been rendered houseless; 1465 rehabilitation centres are sheltering about 4.6 lakh homeless people.
As per the report, 103 taluks in 22 districts have been affected by floods and incessant rains in the past few days, resulting in loss of agriculture and horticulture crops on 7.5 lakh hectares and damaging 75,317 houses.