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District administration to send proposal seeking Rs. 11 crore as relief

Cauvery and Lakshmanateerta are in spate

Rain causes extensive damage to property

Madikeri: Heavy rain continued to batter Kodagu in the past 24 hours, causing extensive damage to property in various parts.

The Cauvery and Lakshmanateerta are in spate following the torrential rainfall in district.

Three persons trapped in a house at Indiranagar here were rescued by the Fire and Emergency Services Force personnel and the police with the help of the public on Saturday night, following landslips. They were immediately rushed to hospital.

The district administration has put up danger signals at various places where floods are likely. The Cauvery is flowing over the Betri bridge and had inundated the Bhagamandala-Madikeri and Bhagamandala-Aiyyangeri roads, cutting road links.

Unprecedented rainfall

Talacauvery recorded an unprecedented rainfall of 589.4 mm between 8 a.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Sunday. Bhagamandala received a rainfall of 430 mm, Gonicoppa 221 mm, Madikeri 207 mm, Ponnampet 200mm, Virajpet 196 mm, Napoklu 162 mm, Srimangala 130 mm and Siddapur 104 mm during the same period. Power supply was restored in some parts of Madikeri city, Murnad and Virajpet, but it remained erratic. Hundreds of electric poles have collapsed and trees fallen on the roads.

Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan told presspersons on Sunday that the district administration would send a proposal to the Government seeking Rs. 11 crore as relief. The Government had already released Rs. 1.5 crore.

Tahsildars of the three taluks had been asked to disburse immediate relief. One boat had been pressed into service and two more would be deployed soon to rescue marooned people, he said.

Relocation

Asked whether the district administration had plans to relocate people who had built houses on government land in Indiranagar and Chamundeshwarinagar, Mr. Niranjan said a detailed plan would be prepared after studying the situation to relocate them to safer places.

He has instructed officials at the taluk and district levels not to leave the headquarters, but to be prepared to tackle any eventuality.

Presspersons drew his attention to the “apathy” of the Madikeri City Municipal Council to the situation. Storm water had entered many low-lying houses in the city on Saturday.

Power supply

Assistant Executive Engineer of the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Company Suresh apprised Mr. Niranjan of the difficulties in restoring power supply owing to collapse of trees and electric poles. Over 300 poles had fallen in Madikeri in the past three days, he said.

Mr. Niranjan said that 70 sensitive places had been identified in the district where illicit liquor could be brewed in the wake of the ban on arrack sale.

The police and Excise staff had formed strike teams to prevent illicit manufacture of liquor.

The help of Home Guards too would be taken.

Licences of all Indian Manufactured Liquor oultlets had been renewed in the district after the fee was increased, he added.

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