Belagavi flood victims forced to move out of shelters after schools reopen

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Belagavi flood victims forced to move out of shelters after schools reopen

Belagavi flood victims forced to move out of shelters after schools reopen

SC KM   ¦    Aug 20, 2019 01:14:26 PM (IST)

Belagavi flood victims forced to move out of shelters after schools reopen-1Belagavi: Flood victims in the small town of Chinchali in Raibag, Belagavi face a new dilemma as schools that were being used to shelter them have now been re-opened.

According to a report by the Deccan Chronicle, the district administration has even refused to provide any alternative accommodation, forcing the displaced families to move into their relatives' homes. In addition, the victims have been unable to cash the cheques issued by the authorities as compensation, thereby preventing them from taking accommodation on rent.

Chinchali, which has a population of 20,000, was hit hard when nearly half of the town was submerged by the overflowing Krishna River.

As a result, over 2,300 families were displaced from their homes and were being housed in the town's 10 schools.

The authorities are yet to survey the houses damaged in the floods.

Town Panchayat Chief Officer S G Pujar said that he had no choice but to evict the victims as the schools were all set to re-open after a two-week break.

Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Pujar said, “Many victims are continuing to live in relief camps although they can move back into their houses as the flood water has receded. We have only asked such people to vacate the camps. We will continue to provide shelter to the victims who have lost their houses."