Bangalore: Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday said the government collected Rs 500 crore during the past 48 hours from various philanthropists, individuals and institutions for rehabilitation of flood-affected districts in the state. “I’m overwhelmed by the solidarity of the people and grateful for the compassion they have shown and their unprecedented help,’’
Yeddyurappa told reporters after the padayatra. Stating that nearly 3 lakh houses had been destroyed in the floods with over 200 people losing their lives and over thousands of cattle and other livestock dying, he said: “The state government has been taking measures for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of victims on a war-footing. Yet the scale of help needed is huge. In this hour of need, I solicit help from all corners such as industrialists, big corporations and religious institutions like mutts as the government alone cannot handle such a calamity. I appeal to every individual to donate liberally to rehabilitate displaced individuals from the flooded areas.’’
According to the CM, the estimated damage is over Rs 17,000 crore and the state has already approached the Centre and sought Rs 10,000 crore relief. “I’ve also approached other CMs. On Tuesday, the President called me to enquire about the situation and the Prime Minister will visit the flooded areas on Friday,’’ he said.The state government plans to build permanent houses for people in the flood-affected areas.