With floods ravaging the northern and coastal parts of Karnataka, Infosys Foundation chairperson Sudha Murthy has donated a sum of Rs 10 crore for flood relief. Infosys Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Infosys.
This is not the first time that Sudha Murthy has contributed for flood relief work in the state. Last year, she had donated Rs 25 crore for rehabilitation work, including construction of houses in flood-hit Kodagu district.
“Infosys has grown from just Rs. 10,250 and today it is an IT giant, with headquarters in Bengaluru and providing jobs for lakhs of people worldwide. This would not have been possible without the support of the people of Karnataka, the successive governments and the local talent pool. We believe in giving back to the society and now our energies are focussed on that. Infosys will construct houses for the people in Kodagu and the government can provide other facilities such as roads and drinking water,” she had said.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said that PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had spoken to him over the phone and collected information about the flood situation in the state.
CM Yediyurappa said that the Union government has assured funds for the state and has promised full cooperation.
The loss is presently estimated to be around Rs 5000 crore and a proper estimation will be done after the situation improves, said the CM.
Yediyurappa has also urged people to contribute to the CM’s Relief Fund. "I appeal to donors with folded hands that we are in a peculiar situation. Please donate generously,” the CM said, while speaking to reporters after visiting the flood-ravaged areas of Belagavi.
Meanwhile, the death toll due to the floods in the state currently stands at 16, with 2,07,212 people evacuated and 1,41,683 persons shifted to relief camps.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rainfall in the state over the next five days starting from Friday. The IMD in its forecast said there will be isolated heavy rainfall to extremely heavy rainfall in seven districts until Sunday morning.