Karnataka Floods: 4,300 people rescued in Kodagu; scores still stranded

21 August 2018, 12:15 AM

While Kerala continues to battle with century’s worst deluge, another south Indian state of Karnataka is reeling under flooding caused by incessant rains. Teams of tri-services and NDRF have rescued over 4,300 hundred marooned people till Monday even as hundreds remained stranded on hilltops in the worst-hit coffee-growing Kodagu district.

Officials said that the rescue work has entered its final stage. So far, as many as 4,320 have been rescued and shifted to 41 relief camps in the district.

Teams of Indian Army and Navy are integrated with National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and civil administration to carry out relief and rescue operations.

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According to Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), 12 people have lost their lives in Kodagu due to flooding and landslide caused by unabated rains. The flooding has damaged over 11,000 houses and about 123 km of roads.

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more moderate to heavy rains in several districts of Karnataka, including Kodagu, over the next 24 hours.

Earlier on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had spoken with Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy regarding the flood situation in parts of the state and extended all the possible help.

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“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,” Modi had tweeted.

First Published: Monday, August 20, 2018 07:34 PM
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