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Kodagu floods: 6 dead, Govt announces Rs. 5 lakh ex-gratia to kin of deceased

By Chennabasaveshwar
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    Kodagu, Aug 18: Karnataka government announced Rs. 5 lakh compensation to the kin of deceased and Rs. 2 lakh for those who have lost their houses in Kodagu floods. Also, the state will take up all the medical expenses of the flood victims.

    The death toll has reached six and over 11,000 houses were damaged in the flood-affected district. Landslides were reported at several places on Madiker-Kushalnagar roads on Saturday.

    Collapsed houses in landslides along Mangaluru road near Madikeri. Courtesy: @KodaguConnect

    Briefing the media in Bengaluru about the rescue operations in the district, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said, Over 1000 security personnel including NDRF, Navy, Army, Fire Dept, Home Guards etc are involved in rescue operations."

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    "Air Force is lifting stranded people and dropping relief material. 200 NCC cadets also working. We are working non stop," said the CM.

    About the losses to public perty in the incessant rains, CM said, "Over 11,000 houses damaged. 6 people have died in Kodagu. Banks have been told to stock up ATMs. Officials directed to give a list of roads which are damaged, and start repair work. Many officials from other areas have been shifted to Kodagu."

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    Meanwhile, Urban development Minister UT Khadar met rescued flood victims at relief camps in Sampaje, Kallugundi and Aramtodu. Kodagu district in-charge Minister Sa Ra Mahesh also visited the relief camps.

    Relief camp

    Relief camp

    At this point of time, Kodagu urgently needs clothes, ready-to-eat food items and drinking water more than monetary contributions. There could be a gas cylinder shortage soon, so ready-to-eat food is preferred. Courtesy: @KodaguConnect

    Journalist-turned-relief workers

    Journalist-turned-relief workers

    They went to flood-affected areas to report stories. When they saw the plight people, they became full-time volunteers and are helping Army and Navy personnel in rescue operations now. Hats off to the team of young journalists from Kodagu. Courtesy: @KodaguConnect

    Landslide near Jodupala

    Landslide near Jodupala

    Madikeri-Mangaluru national highway near Jodupala is destroyed by flash floods and landslides. Courtesy: @KodaguConnect

    Campaign for relief materials

    Campaign for relief materials

    People of Kodagu working in Bengaluru and Mysuru are collecting relief materials for the flood-affected residents in Kodagu. Courtesy: @KodaguConnect

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