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Minister visits rain-hit areas

Taking stock: Kodagu district in-charge Minister Ramachandra Gowda interacting with persons affected by the recent floods, at Gonicoppa on Saturday.

Taking stock: Kodagu district in-charge Minister Ramachandra Gowda interacting with persons affected by the recent floods, at Gonicoppa on Saturday.  

Staff Correspondent

Loss in Kodagu has been put at Rs. 34 crore: Ramachandra Gowda



125 villages have been affected in Kodagu

Southern parts of the district continue to

receive rain



VIRAJPET (KODAGU DISTRICT): The State Government will release funds to help Kodagu district administration take up relief measures, district in-charge Minister Ramachandra Gowda, who toured several rain-affected areas of the district on Saturday, said here.

Mr. Gowda inspected the Mallur bridge, near Balele, before visiting two wards in Gonicoppa, which had come under the fury of rain recently. Over 300 persons living in these wards on the banks of the Keerehole river had to be shifted to a rehabilitation centre as water had entered their houses. He told presspersons that those localities could be declared as slums and new houses would be built.

Earlier, a few disgruntled persons picked up arguments with the Minister at Mallur when he went to inspect the bridge which had submerged.

Balele and Mayamudi areas have suffered extensive loss as many trees have crashed snapping power lines and telephone cables. Many areas in Virajpet taluk are still without power supply and telephone connections, which failed during heavy rain in the last fortnight.

The Minister visited the house of Chunde, a tribal woman at Balyamandur, near Ponnampet, who died when a tree branch fell on her during the rain recently. Vast areas of Nallur in Virajpet taluk are inundated as rivulets and streams overflowed in the last few days. Southern parts of the district continued to receive good rain on Saturday. The Kadnur river is overflowing, inundating vast extent of paddy fields at Kadnur. The Cauvery waters almost touched the bridge at Betri.

Loss

Speaking to presspersons in Virajpet, Mr. Gowda said the loss owing rainfall in the district as on Friday had been put at Rs. 34 crore.

A proposal had been submitted by the district administration to the Government seeking relief. Mr. Gowda said that the Government would immediately release funds for providing relief, but the funds for taking up permanent measures would be given later.

As many as 125 villages in the district had been affected by rain, he said.

When his attention was drawn to the people living on the riverbanks at Karadigodu, near Siddapur, who had to be shifted during floods in the Cauvery every year, Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan told the Minister that 13 families would be shifted to the nearby Government lands where they would be provided with housing sites as a permanent measure. The other families living there would be relocated later.

Mr. Gowda, along with the president of the Kodagu district unit of BJP Sunil Subramani and officials visited a few places in Napoklu and later visited Bhagamandala, which had remained cut off from Madikeri and other parts of the district on many occasions in the recent days.

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