Even as Kerala battles its heaviest deluge in nearly a century, torrential rain have caused huge damage to life and property in neighbouring Karnataka.
Rains have ravaged the hill districts, called ‘Malnad’ region, and coastal areas, throwing normal life out of gear. The situation is grim at many places in Kodagu, Hassan, Chickmagalur, Shimoga, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts.
Kodagu, the southern-most district in the Malnad region and the Coffee Bowl of India, bore the brunt of the heaviest rain recent years. The Cauvery and its tributaries are overflowing, inundating many villages and towns in the tiny district. The districts main produce coffee has been severely affected by the rain, damaging almost 50% of the crops which will cripple the economy next harvest season.
Of the hundreds stranded across this flood-hit hilly district, about 270 km from Bengaluru, the 3,500 rescued till Sunday noon have been shifted to 30 relief camps and efforts were on to reach the others held up on hilltops. The exact number of people still stranded across the district could not be ascertained from the officials.
Over 60 people have been stranded in Mukkodlu village of the district, but airlifting them has not been possible due to bad weather on Saturday. About 300 people were rescued on Saturday, including more than 30 senior citizens and 50 children.
About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers, 12 naval divers, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials, 525 fire service personnel and Home Guards are among those working on rescue operations.
The rain caused huge damage to roads and bridges, cutting off the link with rest of the state. Several houses have been completely damaged and the local authorities are yet to reach many worst affected areas.
More than 75 people have been killed since the arrival of monsoon in the last week of May in Karnataka. The exact damage to life and property can be assessed only after the rain lets up.
Kodagu IN_Need seeks your help to support the people of Kodagu district, keeping children on the front. Post-impact natural disaster trauma needs a lot of support to recover from the emotional and physical losses. All your contribution will be much appreciated. The ongoing collection of funds will be used to provide fresh clothing and study materials for children’s in the affected area. More updates on the utilisation of funds will be sent to the contributors.