As heat wave conditions prevail, center releases Rs 1235.52 cr assistance to Karnataka, Rs 1,712.10 cr to Tamil Nadu for drought relief

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New Delhi | Published: April 1, 2017 5:37:42 PM

As the heat wave conditions intensify in southern states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the central government has today released assistance of Rs 1235.52 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund to Karnataka for drought relief.

Officials have confirmed that the heat wave conditions in Gulbarga of Karnataka will continue to prevail, as huge numbers of people turn to juice shops to seek relief. (ANI)

As the heat wave conditions intensify in southern states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the central government has today released assistance of Rs 1235.52 crore from the National Disaster Relief Fund to Karnataka for drought relief. The Center has also released an assistance of Rs 1712.10 crore from the NDRF to Tamil Nadu for drought and cyclone relief. Officials have confirmed that the heat wave conditions in Gulbarga of Karnataka will continue to prevail, as huge numbers of people turn to juice shops to seek relief.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had chaired a High-Level Committee meeting for the above assistance to Tamil Nadu, on March 23rd. The assistance to Tamil Nadu includes Rs 1748.28 crore for drought, Rs 264.11 crore for cyclonic storm ‘Vardha’ and Rs. 2.06 crore under National Rural Drinking Water Programme.

The Government of Tamil Nadu had submitted a memorandum seeking central assistance in the wake of drought and cyclonic storm ‘Vardha’ -2016 in the state. The Government of India had sent Inter-Ministerial Central Team to Tamil Nadu to assess the situation. On the recommendations of the IMCT and the Sub-Committee of the National Executive Committee, the HLC had approved the above central assistance.

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Karnataka is facing a severe water crisis for the fourth consecutive season as less than 20% water is left in 9 of Karnataka’s 12 dams. The situation is getting worse in the state as the time heads towards the cropping season and even the IT city of Bengaluru may face a drinking water crisis by May. Currently, 160 of 176 taluks in Karnataka have been declared drought-hit while the rainfall has come down by 40-70% between August and December bringing down the agricultural production to half.

The Bangalore water predicts that it will need 200 additional water tankers to meet the demand over the next months. Along, with this 100 new bore wells are set to be dug in this month alone. However, one of the major reasons for the water crisis in Bengaluru is the toxic nature of local water bodies and lakes. Learning that the ground water is not of drinkable quality, most citizens don’t use bore wells.

(With inputs from agencies)

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