An all-party delegation from Karnataka will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday to seek central aid for the flood-hit districts in the state, an official said on Sunday.
"Led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, the all-party delegation will meet Modi at his office and seek relief fund," the official said in a statement in Bengaluru.
Heavy rains and strong winds in mid-August caused flash floods and landslides in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru and Udupi districts in the state's south interior and coastal areas, leaving behind a trail of destruction and loss of life and property.
Kumaraswamy wrote to the Prime Minister on August 24, seeking Rs 2,000 crore interim relief for rehabilitation of the flood survivors and asked the Prime Minister to send a central team to assess the damage.
Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, BJP's Lok Sabha members K. Nalin Kumar (Mangaluru), Shobha Karandlaje (Udupi-Chikkamagaluru) and Pratap Simha (Mysuru), Deputy Chief Minister G. Parameshwara and Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge will be part of the delegation.
BJP's state unit President BS Yeddyurappa and opposition leader in the Legislative Council KS Poojari will also meet Modi on the situation in the affected districts.
As per initial estimates, the loss is feared to be over Rs 3,000 crore in Kodagu alone.
The natural disaster from August 14-22 claimed 17 lives and damaged about 2,200 houses in Kodagu district.
On August 30, HD Kumaraswamy had submitted a memorandum to Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterating his earlier demand for Rs 2,000 crore interim relief.
"We have suffered losses of around 65 human lives and 165 animals. More than 5,500 houses have been destroyed and nearly 1,400 km of roads have been damaged as per initial estimates. Since it is still raining in these areas, especially in Kodagu district, a detailed survey of the affected villages will be undertaken as soon as the conditions are favourable," stated the letter.
With IANS inputs