MYSURU/ MADIKERI/MANGALURU: After being battered by torrential rain for the last three days, Saturday brought some reprieve for people of Kodagu district with waters receding and intermittent spells of rain which helped .
However, commuting in the district is still a problem as many roads across the district are damaged or cut off due to landslides. Authorities have been doing their best to clear these roads. The Mysuru-Madikeri and Mysuru-Mangaluru roads, lifelines of Kodagu, are still closed. Authorities said that petrol and diesel stock in the district is sufficient and there is no need to worry.
Rescue teams on Saturday rescued more than 2,500 people from different parts while another 150 are yet to be rescued. At least 13 villages have been completely destroyed in the rain.
Meanwhile, chief minister H D Kumaraswamy on Saturday reached and supervised flood relief measures. He announced Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of those killed in rain-related incidents and Rs 2.5 lakh initial compensation for those who lost their houses.
“Don‘t lose heart. Face the situation with confidence. The government will help you make a new beginning,” the CM told people at a relief camp in Madikeri.
Kumaraswamy also held a meeting with officials and visited some pockets in Madikeri even as rescue teams evacuated hundreds of residents stuck in the hilly pockets to safer places. He will visit the district again on Sunday, cancelling his scheduled tour to Shivamogga and Chikkamagaluru.
Meanwhile, help is pouring in from across the state to the people of Kodagu with many organisations, media houses and political parties dispatching loads of relief materials and food items.
Mysuru district administration has sent a truck full of relief material. It has also dispatched nine teams of doctors and para medical staff to work at relief centres set up across the three taluks of Madikeri, Somwarpet and Virajpet. Medical education minister D K Shivakumar has also asked medical colleges and hospitals to rush teams of doctors to Madikeri.
Amidst scattered rainfall, the Army continued its rescue operation. Many were airlifted by the IAF.
Kumaraswamy told reporters that rescue operations to evacuate people stranded on the hilly region of Mukkodlu is on. The Army has been roped in for the rescue operation, he stated.
In neighbouring Hassan, some pockets in Arkalgud including Ramanathapur which are inundated received relief material. The Hassan Cooperative Milk Union Limited has dispatched milk and milk products to these areas.
Train service on the Bengaluru – Mangaluru route continues to be suspended due to landslides at 17 places between Shiravaagila and Yedakumari. Railway officials said it will take at least three weeks to restore the line.
The flood situation downstream of Kabini Dam has improved as the outflow from the dam has come down to 60,000 cusecs. Earlier in the day, the outflow was 75,000 cusecs.
Meanwhile, the situation in the coast has also improved a bit with no fresh landslides reported from Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
The movement of traffic on Charamadi Ghat was also seamless. However, the stretch witnessed heavy pressure with Shiradi and Sampaje Ghats being blocked, making Charmadi Ghat the only gateway to Dakshina Kannada from the mainland.
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