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Meanwhile terming the heavy monsoon rains and floods in two thirds of Karnataka the worst in 45 years, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said he would seek more central funds for speeding up relief works in the affected regions to mitigate the hardship of the people. Yeddyurappa said in his 73rd Independence Day (I-Day) address at the Manekshaw parade ground in the city amid tight security "I will seek more central aid for relief works in 22 districts across the state, which were lashed by torrential rains and flooded by rivers in spate and heavy discharge of water from reservoirs in the catchment areas”.
Furthermore the chief minister is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra modi and other ministers in New delhi on Friday for seeking additional funds and other central assistance to restore normalcy in the flood-hit areas at the earliest. Even though modi sanctioned last week Rs 200 crore from the Prime Minister's relief fund for rescue and relief operations in the flood hit state, the amount is not enough to meet the cost of restoring normalcy and rebuilding houses and farmlands, damaged or destroyed by the rain waters and flood fury over the last fortnight.
The CM lamented "Ironically, the country's second semi-arid state is caught between acute drought and severe flood due to various factors, including climate change and global warming”. Moreover nearly 22 of the 30 districts across the coastal, central and northwest regions of the state are facing floods, while 5 districts in the southern region are in a drought like situation due to deficit rainfall.