Bengaluru: As heavy rains continued to lash Karnataka on Thursday, the state government announced financial assistance to families affected by the downpour.

"As immediate relief, Rs 10,000 assistance should be provided to the families affected by rain, Rs 5 lakhs to completely damaged houses and if the house is partially damaged, relief must be distributed as per the damage", chief minister Yediyurappa directed officials.

“In the backdrop of rising rainfall across the state, the Karnataka Chief Minister has instructed the authorities to provide relief of Rs 10,000 to the families which are affected due to rain & Rs 5 lakh compensation if the entire house is damaged due to rain,” the chief minister’s office on Thursday (August 6) said in a statement.

The state government has said that it will release additional relief funds if needed and the CM has directed all district in-charge ministers to take adequate precautions due to the increasing rainfall.

“Already, Rs 50 crore has been released and if necessary, more money will be released by the Chief Minister,” the CMO statement added.

In the wake of hostels, schools and colleges located in district headquarters converted into COVID Care Centres, the CM instructed officials to use schools, colleges, and other public places in villages as relief centres to those affected by the rains.

"A survey regarding crop loss should also be conducted. A daily report should also be updated to assess the total loss faced by the citizens," Yediyurappa added.

Heavy rainfall in Karnataka has caused landslides near Mudigere in Chikmagalur district, while parts of Kodagu district faced massive waterlogging and flood-like situations.

Meanwhile, a red alert has also been issued in several districts of Karnataka, the India Meteorological Department said on Wednesday.

“Red alert has been announced in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Chikamagalur, Shivamogga, Kodagu and Hassan, due to heavy rainfall in the region from last two-three days,” CS Patil, Director of IMD Bengaluru, had said.

The IMD also said that the coastal districts of Karnataka are highly likely to receive torrential rainfall till August 10.