The death toll due to floods and landslips in Kodagu was officially confirmed as 16 on Wednesday even as the rescue mission was continuing its search-and-screening mission.
This followed the recovery of four more bodies on Wednesday by the authorities all of which was attributed to landslips. The rescue team recovered the bodies at Hemmathal and surrounding places under the debris of a house which was hit by a boulder in the landslip during the flashfloods in the region.
Authorities said no distress calls had been received in the last 48 hours, and the joint rescue operation is now focussed on screening every house for the stranded.
Appachu Ranjan, local MLA, said the number count of missing people was feared to be around 100, but has come down to 39 as there was confirmation that some of the people had headed to their relatives homes. But, officials said there were only four missing persons cases so far, and there could be more once the operations were completed.
District in charge Minister S.R. Mahesh held a review meeting in Madikeri to assess the rescue and rehabilitation work in progress. A senior official said the focus of the administration was on identifying land to provide temporary shelters to those displaced by the floods. The work of identifying the land had already begun. There was emphasis on providing connectivity to the disaster hit areas and roads were being repaired to facilitate the movement of vehicles to carry out rehabilitation works, the official added. The authorities have also laid emphasis on restoring landlines and mobile connectivity and claimed that the network outage issue had been solved and networks restored.
Meanwhile, Mysuru Deputy Commissioner has established warehouses in Mysuru city to collect relief materials, segregate the same and transport it to Kodagu to prevent dumping of relief materials. Police have been deputed to ensure security and senior officers have been designated to oversee relief distribution at relief camps. About 15 tonnes of material was also airlifted from Yelahanka to Mysuru for transportation to Kodagu.