Taluk-level committees have been constituted to tackle emergencies, including clearing roads in case of tree crashes, landslides, and other obstructions, by the Kodagu Deputy Commissioner even as rainfall continued in the district on Wednesday.

Madikeri taluk committee is being headed by the Assistant Executive Engineer of the PWD with the Assistant Executive Engineers of ZP and CESC, respective secretaries of gram panchayats, village accountants and range forest officer, Madikeri, as its members. Similarly, the same rank officials in Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks are a part of the respective teams.

The tahsildars of the taluks are heading the teams concerning loss of human lives, cattle head and ‘ganji kendra’ (rehabilitation centre) in the taluks. In Madikeri, the district fire force officer, Home Guard commandant, Assistant Director of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Madikeri, Assistant Executive Engineers of the PWD and ZP, revenue inspectors, and village accountants are its members. The Virajpet and Somwarpet taluk teams will comprise the same officers from the taluks.

Tahsildars are also heading the committees to look into the crop loss in the three taluks. Members of the committee in the respective taluks are: Assistant Directors of Agriculture, Horticulture, Deputy Director of Coffee Board, revenue inspectors of respective hoblis, and village accountants. Similar teams will function under the tahsildars in Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks as well.

Cumulative loss is yet to be re-assessed as the district administration has come up with a report that loss is Rs. 3.83 crore in the current monsoon so far. Though the district administration claims that it has set up a control room at the DC’s office, not much information was forthcoming from it.

  • Similar teams will function under the tahsildars in Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks

  • More than 200 persons have been evacuated to rehabilitation centres, including Madikeri city