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Flood victims wait for relief materials

india Updated: Oct 07, 2009 15:40 IST

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After the unprecedented rains that rendered thousands homeless, it is shortage of relief materials that is now haunting the displaced, who solely depend on relief camps set up by the state government.

Though the authorities have been working overtime, the number of people to be fed daily, exceeds supply and complaints continue to pour in.

According to officials, Siddaganga Mutt of Tumkur has dispatched 50,000 chappatis for distribution among the hungry, "but not even one roti has reached any taluk".

It is a pathetic scene at a gruel camp in Donur village in Basavana Bagewadi taluk, where 2,000 people whose houses have either collapsed or damaged, have been sheltered.

According to eyewitnesses, villagers who are used to the staple "Jowar Roti" are being given rice gruel, that too in limited quantities.

"The villagers are pleading with us to give them kerosene so that they can cook chappatis in the camp but till we get the nod from the authorities we cannot do so," a volunteer said on condition of anonymity.

While the district administration claims to have set up 275 relief camps in the district comprising five taluks of Bijapur, Basavana Bagewadi, Muddebihar, Sindgi and Indi, "not even 100 camps have been opened," the volunteer alleged.

Nearly 40-50 villages in Bijapur district have been affected because of heavy rains, which has claimed 32 lives, officials said, adding the situation is no better in Bagalkot district worst hit by the rains, where people are migrating in search of livelihood.