Karnataka: Two more SDRF units are proposed to combat the rain

Basavaraj Bommai told officials to mobilize two more units of the State Disaster Response Force . Bommai held a videoconference with district ministers and deputy commissioners of rain-affected districts .

BENGALURU: Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai told officials on Saturday to mobilize two more units of the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) to carry out quick rescue operations amid heavy rain hitting many parts of the state.Bommai, who held a videoconference with district ministers and deputy commissioners of rain-affected districts on Saturday to report the losses, reminded officials to stay in touch with the NDRF and SDRF teams deployed on the ground to ensure rapid rescue operations.Roads, bridges, and electric supply lines should be replaced and rebuilt as soon as possible.The CM advised DCs that power supply in villages be restored immediately.

Bommai advised DCs to complete their crop loss survey at the very least and distribute compensation as soon as possible.The CM said that the DCs had about Rs 657 crore up to August 2, claiming that there is no shortage of funds for relief and rehabilitation works.An additional Rs 200 crore was released today for this purpose.He said the DCs should take immediate action to provide compensation for houses that have been damaged.

Before releasing water from reservoirs, local authorities should issue caution to villages downstream.Bommai said that precautions should be taken to minimize the risk of a breach in tank bunds.Officials in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, and Uttara Kannada districts were told to identify landslide-prone areas and relocate residents from these areas, expressing disappointment with the increasing number of landslides.