Over 3000 people were rescued in Kodagu even as multiple landslides hamper operations.
The incessant rainfall and landslides across Karnataka’s Kodagu district had left many residents stranded. For two days, the rescue teams have been trying to bring the people back to safety but the bad weather has hampered their efforts. Finally, on Saturday, around 3,000 people were rescued by the District Disaster Management teams, NDRF personnel and the Additional Fire Force deployed in the area.
According to the officials in the district administration, despite valiant efforts by the rescue personnel, many people are still stranded in Mukkodlu. All roads to Mukkodlu were shut after multiple landslides and a few people in the village are yet to be evacuated.
162 people were rescued from Mukkodlu after the Dogra regiment approached the hill via Iggodlu estate. 74 more people were rescued from Hattihole and Mukkodlu from the other side of the village. Around 30-40 people, who were at Valley Dew Homestay were unable to be rescued as landslides occurred during the operations.
Over 500 people, who had trekked up Doddakunda Betta on Thursday from surrounding villages due to landslides and incessant flooding are still perched on the hilltop for the third consecutive day. “Airlifting was not possible because of heavy mist. However, there was a brief period when the sun had come up today (Saturday). Over 50 people who were on Ktao Betta were rescued,” the official added.
Kodagu is one of the districts in the southern state worst hit by the south-west monsoon rains since June first week.
The landslides and heavy rain have claimed six lives in the district since Thursday, the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.
According to the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC), the district received a maximum rainfall of up to 25.3 cm and an average rainfall of 11.9 cm over the past 24 hours.
Located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, the incessant rain has been causing landslips across the region, making rescue operations difficult.
Telecom services have been disrupted due to the rain and strong winds uprooting poles and snapping phone lines, are being restored on priority, Kumaraswamy said.
“About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers and 12 expert naval divers rescued 873 marooned people in the flood-hit district, where overnight heavy rain caused landslides and inundated low-lying areas at Makkanduru,” a statement from the CMO said on Friday night.
The Army’s engineering task force deployed 73 boats, equipment and rafts in rescuing the people and escorting them to safer places in the district.