Four people dead, five cattle heads lost and over 100 houses damaged
Kodagu district has suffered an estimated loss of Rs. 24 crore this year till date due to excessive rainfall, according to the district Incharge Minister H.C. Mahadevappa.
The Minister visited certain rain-affected areas in the district on Sunday. Rs. 2.50 crore has been made available to the Deputy Commissioner to be utilised to initiate relief works immediately. The State government had earmarked Rs. 50 crore to repair Kodagu roads damaged in rainfall in the recent budget. Works would begin once the rains abated, Dr. Mahadevappa told presspersons.
Dr. Mahadevappa, who is also in-charge of PWD, stated that a team of Central officials would be requested to visit the district and assess the situation soon. The repair works of the Madikeri-Sunticoppa road near Kathlekad that had developed gaping cracks a couple of days ago would start in a day or two. The alternative Madapura-Sunticoppa road to reach Madikeri and vice versa also would be developed, he said.
As many as four persons have died in the rainfall in Kodagu so far, five cattle heads have been lost, and more than 100 houses damaged since June 1, 2013. The District Administration had received as many as 350 applications seeking relief, of which 150 had been disposed off, Dr. Mahadevappa said. The district had received an average of 1281 mm excess rainfall during this monsoon compared to last year. From January to July 28 (8 a.m.) the district received 2197 mm of rain, while the same period last year saw 916 mm of rain.
Taking exception to the movement of timber lorries on the roads in Kodagu during the monsoon as it further damages the roads, Dr. Mahadevappa said action would be initiated against owners of such vehicles if they continued to violate the ban. Dr. Mahadevappa, who visited a few areas in Madikeri taluk, distributed relief cheques to the people affected in rains.
The Managing Director of the Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited (KRDCL) R. Srinivas said that as per the estimate, a sum of Rs. five crore would be required to restore the Madikeri-Sunticoppa Road. At least 40 days were needed to complete the work, which was expected to begin tomorrow (July 29). The road is SH 88, which is part of the Mysore-Madikeri-Mani highway. Efforts would be made to open a portion of the road to light motor vehicles in about four days, Mr. Srinivas added.
The State Budget has allotted Rs. 50 crore to repair Kodagu roads damaged in rainfall The District Administration has received as many as 350 applications seeking relief
The State Budget has allotted Rs. 50 crore to repair Kodagu roads damaged in rainfall
The District Administration has received as many as 350 applications seeking relief