Mysuru, Aug 18 (UNI) Rescue teams from Indian Army, Navy, NDRF and state government relief workers worked overtime to rescue people stranded amid unpresedented flood and torrential rains in hilly Kodagu district and elsewhere along the coastal and Western Ghats region in Karnataka for the third day on Saturday.
Even as the flood situation continued to grim in the Cauvery basin region, Indian Army troops and Navy divers have already joined the national and state disaster relief forces to rescue hundreds of people marooned in Karnataka’s flood-hit Kodagu district.
Chief Minsiter H D Kumaraswamy rushed to Kodagu to assess the ground situation with the district battered by unprecedented rains and floods. He has already announced an immediate release of Rs 200 crore from State government’s kitty to take up relief work.
Kumaraswamy visited rain-ravaged areas in Kodagu district on Friday and would later in the day visit flood-affected places in Chikkamangaluru and Dakshina Kannada districts besides Nanjangud and surrounding areas in Mysuru district.
“About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers and 12 expert naval divers rescued 873 marooned people in the flood-hit district, where overnight heavy rains caused landslides and inundated low-lying areas at Makkanduru,” said the officials
Coffee land of Kodagu,, is one of the districts in the southern state worst hit by the south-west monsoon rains since June first week.
The Army’s engineering task force deployed 73 boats, equipment and rafts in rescuing the people and escorting them to safer places in the district.