Operations stepped up to rescue stranded people in Karnataka’s Kodagu district

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August 19, 2018 4:37 PM

More than 3,500 people have been rescued in Karnataka's Kodagu district till today, where six people have lost their lives due to floods and landslides.

Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy presented cheques to persons who lost property in floods in Avarthi village (Image: ANI)

More than 3,500 people have been rescued in Karnataka’s Kodagu district till today, where six people have lost their lives due to floods and landslides.

President Ram Nath Kovind spoke to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy over phone to enquire about the situation in the rain-battered southern district, bordering Kerala. Kumaraswamy informed Kovind that the district administration was managing the rescue-and-relief work efficiently, along with the army, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies, and have rescued more than 3,500 people so far, the chief minister’s office said in a statement. Operations are on to rescue those stranded at various places.

Kumaraswamy, who had conducted an aerial survey in Kodagu yesterday, undertook another one for more than an hour in Somwarpet, Suntikoppa, Madapura, Mukkodlu, Harangi backwaters, Siddapura, Kushalnagar and surrounding areas. He also assessed the situation in the affected areas between Piriyapatna and Madikeri.

According to officials, as many as 317 people were rescued and shifted to safer places in the district yesterday, and rescue operations were on around Makkandor and other areas of the district today. Among those rescued include a two-month-old infant, they said, adding that food had been arranged at all the 31 relief shelters.

There are reports about a landslide near Kuduremukha in Chikkamagaluru district, affecting road connectivity in the region. Several districts of coastal and Malnad regions like Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu, parts of Hassan and Uttara Kannada, have been facing the wrath of the nature due to incessant rains in the last few days.

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