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Kodagu cut-off from mainstream Karnataka, 200 people stranded due incessant rains

Bengaluru, Aug 17 (UNI) The Coffee land of the country remained cut off from mainstream Karnataka as swollen rivers and numerous landslides has rendered Kodagu inaccessible with rescue and relief operations hampered by continuous rains and difficult terrain.

Reports reaching here said atleast 200 people were stranded in Kandanakolli Haleri near Kandakal in the district and inclement weather is making operation of Army helicopters to rescue them impossible. With several streams and rivers in spate Kushalnagar, one of the important towns of the district is facing threat of being submerged in water. The 30 member National Disaster Relief Force are finding it difficult to begin rescue operations.

Reports said roads connecting Bhagamandala, Napoklu, Ayyangeri and other places in Kodagu district have been completely inundated. Almost half of Kushalnagar has gone under water and the main bridge in the valley faces the threat of collapsing.

The State Government had sought Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to direct the Indian Air Force to evacuate stranded people in Makkanduru which has been totally cut off from land.

Landslides continued to occour at several places of the national highway at Shiradi Ghat in Sakleshpur taluk which has already been banned for road traffic.

Elsewhere in the state, the highway between Mysuru and Udhagamandalam has been disrupted folowing water logging due to enhanced release to the tune of 83,29 cusecs from the Kabini reservoir. Water level stood four feet above the highway at certain points, officials said.

Swirling waters of Kapila river have given rise to flood threat at Nanjanagudu temple town and water entering the famous Nanjundeswara temple . Houses and farms on the river bank are submerged in water Hadinaru kalu mantapa of Nanjanagudu submerged completely. River water has entered snanaghatta, Parashurama temple. Residents of Vakkalageri, Halladakeri, Topina Beedi have been shifted to safety.

Police have prohibited heavy vehicles on Hejjege bridge.

Shelters have been opened for flood-affected people. Women have donated mats and pillow for the people. Flood-affected people are requesting the authorities for land and house. Gaddige of Suttur mutt is also facing flood threat.

The flooded Cauvery had submerged over 500 acres of agricultural land in Srirangapatna taluk. The river is in spate due to discharge of 1.2 lakh cusecs of water into the river Cauvery from the Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) dam. As the river is flowing above the danger level in Malavalli taluk entry to Muthathi Forest area has been banned for the next few days. People residing near the river have been asked to move to safety.

A report from Hassan said many areas in the district were facing floods as the river Hemavathi is flowing above the danger mark at Ramanathapura in Arkalgud taluk. Continuous increase in the water level in the river has left residents in an anxiety state. More than 20 houses in the low-lying areas have been submerged.

State Revenue Minister R V Deshpande is visiting Kodagu district today, while Union Minister Sadananda Gowda is expected to visit Kodagu and Coastal districts for an on the spot study of the situation by the Centre.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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