The heavy rainfall has ruptured the regular schedules of one more state. The continuous rainfall has caused landslides and flood in many regions of Karnataka. One of the districts is facing the dreadful face of the heavy rain and has undergone losses.
The Kodagu district which resides in the south of the state had been stricken by south-west monsoon since June first week. The Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre reported that 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. The heavy rainfall and landslides sucked six lives and caused heavy destructions in the district.
Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy said”Rains have been causing massive damage in Kodagu. The state officials, along with Indian Army troops, Navy divers are carrying out rescue and relief operations on war-footing.”
Mr Narendra Modi tweeted, “Spoke to Karnataka CM Shri @hd_kumaraswamy Ji regarding the flood situation in parts of the state. Extended all possible support in the rescue and relief operations. I pray for the safety and well-being of those in the flood-affected areas and assured for full support and favour to pull out people from the disaster”.
It was reported that 3,500 people stuck in Karnataka’s worst flood-hit Kodagu district were rescued and even hundreds of people from other rain-hit areas, especially of high altitude areas, were saved by the team.
The Chief Minister had an aerial survey of the flood-hit area and he affirmed for full support to rescue lives stuck in flood. He said that his govt will provide 100% safety for all those who lost their shelters. He had already asked the official to reconstruct the roads, provide rehabilitation and even temporary shelters. Permanent shelters would be allotted by next month.
The Chief-Minister had even summarised the situation of the state to President before having a conversation with the Prime Minister.
NDRF is operating continuously albeit massive rainfall hinders the operation. The NDRF team has successfully rescued a 2-month-old baby trapped along with six others in Kodagu. The Director-General for Fire and Emergency Services and other senior officers are deployed in Kodagu.
The Chief Minister requested the political leaders to not politicize the situation and understand the gravity of the disaster.
He said “Few politicians are politicizing the situation, it should not be done. Our officers are working round the clock. Every individual is making an effort to ensure the safety of the last man who is stranded. Our officers are working on a war footing.”
The Shiradi Ghat is unavailable till August 25 and few other ghats which connect to the capital city Bengaluru have been closed after a huge landslide.
Over 300 Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) pourakarmikas are cleaning the houses in rain-affected Kodagu district.
The Govt had also ordered to send 120 mobile toilets to the rain-hit area in order to serve the people stuck in flood.