While politicians and administrators have pledged to give one month’s salary to the victims of the floods, policemen will be giving one day’s salary.

Netas cops officials from Karnataka donate salaries to rehabilitate Kerala Kodagu
news Floods Monday, August 20, 2018 - 17:37

Politicians cutting across party lines, officials of the Karnataka government, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and police officials have announced that they will donate their salaries to help rehabilitate victims of the deadly floods in Kodagu and neighbouring Kerala.

On Monday, Karnataka’s Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, and former Chief Minister, BS Yeddyurappa announced that all BJP MLAs, MLCs and MPs of Karnataka will donate one month’s salary to the CM’s calamity relief fund. The JD(S) also  has announced that all its MLAs will donate one month’s salary for the revival of the flood-hit district.

Earlier, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao had announced Congress MLAs, MLCs and MPs from the state will also donate their salary for the cause of victims of the Kerala and Kadagu flood.

The KPCC presidentalso announced formation of a a 'relief committee' led  by Rajya Sabha MP KC Ramamurthy to raise and cordinate relief operations. Other present in the committee are Minister Zameer Ahmed Khan, MLAs ST Somasekhar, MLC KC Kondaiah and KPCC Secretary Mehros Khan

Similarly, police officers from Anekal and Sarjapur Police Station announced that they will pledge one day’s salary for the cause. Even the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation employees pledged their one day salary for the cause.  

Deputy CM G Parameshwara, who is also the Bengaluru Development Minister, earlier in the day had announced that 100 mobile toilets have been despatched by the BBMP and installed at the relief camps in Kodagu, in addition to Rs 2.18 crore for the district’s rehabilitation.

Since June, the tourist district of Kodagu in central Karnataka has been battered by rains. The situation took a turn for the worse starting from August 12 with multiple instances of flooding and landslides reported from the district.

As rains have reduced considerably since Sunday, relief operations are on full swing with only a few people still left to be rescued. Individuals and organisations have been running relief and rehabilitation campaigns, collecting money and relief material from across the state.   

The Railways, state-run bus corporations and even some private operators are carrying relief materials to Kodagu for free.

As of Monday, the death toll stands at eight with 50 others still reported missing. All in all, more than 4,320 persons are staying in 41 relief camps after they were rescued by rescue personnel.

The state-run Karnataka State Road Transport Corp (KSRTC) has resumed all its intra-state bus services towards Madikeri in Kodagu district and flood-hit Kerala.

The bus service was suspended due to flooding and damaged roads due to landslides.

About 123 km of roads are estimated to be damaged due to the rains, while more than 800 homes have been destroyed. Most of the district's arterial roads have been damaged in landslides.

Over the past 24 hours, Kodagu district received an average of 6.1 cm of rainfall, while few regions received a maximum rainfall of up to 10.3 cm, according to Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC).