Bengaluru, Aug 17: Incessant rains have caused multiple landslides in Makanur area, leading to blockage of the Kodagu-Mangalore highway in Karnataka on Friday. Rains led to landslide in Chikkenduru near Madikeri as well. Operations to clear the road were underway. Locals said people were confined to their houses and couldn’t move out at all. They said they hadn’t seen such heavy rains in a long time. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy has announced a grant-in-aid of Rs 200 crore for relief work, reported PTI. (Also read: Kerala Rains: Death Toll Reaches 100) Also Read - Lockdown in Bengaluru From Today: Bus Services Suspended From July 15 to 21, Essential Services Allowed
Kumaraswamy reviewed the situation in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Chikkmagaluru, Kodagu and parts of Hassan and Uttara Kannada. Later, speaking to the media on Thursday, he said Rs 237.55 crore was available with all the district commissioners and there was no dearth of funds for relief work. He said the district administrations have been asked to estimate the losses and report to the government. The Chief Minister, who held a high-level meeting with senior officials and Ministers, said the rains have been heavier than normal. A press release from the Chief Minister Office said 29 relief camps had been set up and 1,755 people rescued. It said two deaths in Kodagu and one each in Udupi and Shivamogga had been reported.
Kodagu has been hit by flood and mudslides and many people were stranded in various places. Help of the Army has been sought to rescue the people, the Chief Minister said.
Though helicopters were ready for rescue operations, they could not take off owing to rough weather. “We have got the first-hand information based on which we have decided to release Rs 200 crore and instructed the officials to take up the relief work,” the Chief Minister said. (With Agency Inputs)