Floods in Karnataka – Rescue and relief operation in process

Flood hit Kodugu district (Pic courtesy IANS)

TCN News with IANS:

Incessant rains have caused flooding and landslips in  Kodagu district, Karnataka leading to massive damage uprooting electric poles and pole lines, trees, saplings and the arterial roads.

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17 people have died and hundreds have been stranded on hills across the district.

Located in the southern Western Ghats mountain range, the coffee-growing district is the worst-hit by the monsoon rains since June’s first week.

Chief Minister of Karnataka, Kumaraswamy,  has been camping in the district since Saturday to supervise the operations.

He briefed both PM Modi and President Kovind on the flood situation in the rain-hit district and how the Army, Navy and National Disaster Response Force were coordinating the efforts.

The PM has assured Kumaraswamy of all help in rescue and relief operations in flood-hit Kodagu district.

Around 4,225 marooned people were rescued till Sunday evening from towns and villages across the district despite continuous rains hampering the operation. Of the rescued, 3,601 are staying in 36 relief shelters in the district and efforts were on to reach others stranded on hilltops.

Trains and Buses along these routes have also been cancelled. The Bengaluru division of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicts heavy rains for the the next two days in the coastal and south interior districts  including Kodagu of the Karnataka state.

The CM has announced grant in aid of Rs.200 crores for relief work in each rain affected districts.