Gadag: After being criticised by residents for not visiting flood-affected areas in Gadag district, minister of mines and geology CC Patil on Wednesday (October 23) reached Sevala Nagar village and talked to people about the problems they face.

Patil, also the minister in-charge of Gadag district, told people that the government is spending a huge amount in flood-affected areas despite lack of funds.

"You are aware of how much money the government is spending in flood-affected areas. You even know that the government doesn't have money. We are also not getting our MLA funds. We will see later if you want to leave this village and want to shift to a different village. I will make the arrangements," Patil said.

The death toll has gone up to 13 following the devastation caused by incessant rain and floods in Karnataka from October 18 till today (October 24).

According to state government data, a total of 150 livestock lost their lives, and more than 10,000 houses were damaged.

To bring back normalcy in the flood-hit regions, the state administration has set up relief camps for those affected. In Bagalkot, as many as 3,734 people are shifted to rehabilitation centres in seven relief camps. A total of 7,220 people have been rehabilitated across Karnataka in 28 relief camps.

Furthermore, on Wednesday, around four Additional Directorate General of Public Information Indian Army (ADGPI) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were pressed into action for relief and rescue operations in the flood-hit Raichur, and other districts.