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    Bad weather forces CM Yediyurappa to cut short aerial survey of flood-hit Karnataka

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    Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had to cut short his aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region on Wednesday as his helicopter could not take off at the Kalaburagi airport due to bad weather.

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    Bengaluru: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa had to cut short his aerial survey of flood-affected areas in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region on Wednesday as his helicopter could not take off at the Kalaburagi airport due to bad weather. Parts of Karnataka have been receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall for the last couple of days as a result of which thousands of people have suffered crop losses and damage to their property.

    The chief minister, accompanied by home minister Basavaraj Bommai and animal husbandry minister Prabhu Chauhan, arrived at the JSW airport in Ballari district by a special aircraft and took off on an army helicopter to conduct the survey. He flew over parts of Koppal, Raichur, Yadagiri and Kalaburagi to get an idea of the extent of damage that the rains have caused. He was scheduled to fly over some more regions on his return journey in a different direction, but had to abort his plans due to the inclement weather.

    The chief minister met with deputy commissioners and other senior officials of Kalaburagi, Yadagiri, Bidar and Ballari districts at both Ballari and Kalaburagi airports. The chief minister asked officials to provide relief to victims of flash floods as per the norms laid down. Yediyurappa has directed chief secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar to prepare a detailed report on rain-related damages for the state authorities to act on. The chief minister told media persons that he is unable to make any announcements in view of the electoral code of conduct due to polls to the Legislative Council and the Assembly.

    Congress MLA Priyank Kharge, who represents Chittapur in Kalaburagi district in the Assembly, criticised the chief minister calling his aerial survey as “flood tourism”, and that it was too late. He said, in a tweet, that the chief minister cannot understand the pain of victims with the aerial views of the damage. With Bhima and Kagina floods receding, an early relief was the only hope for people, he said.

    In an earlier tweet on Tuesday, the former information technology minister hit out at the government saying it was very responsive and would rush to fix things if rains lead to overflow of drainage systems in Bengaluru, but would not bother to look at the sufferings of the people in north Karnataka even if rains cause massive damage.
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