Bearing the brunt of Rainfall
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Bearing the brunt of Rainfall

August 9, 2019

Travel plans of Mysureans and Bengalureans during this long weekend go for a toss

If you are planning for a weekend trip to Kodagu now, you may have to exercise caution as Red Alert has been declared in the hilly district following heavy rains and landslides. The plans of Mysureans and Bengalureans to visit Kodagu this long weekend starting today (Varamahalakshmi, Second Saturday, Sunday and Bakrid holiday on Monday) have been hit. Similarly, next week, Thursday is Independence Day, and opens the possibility of another long weekend. 

WOMEN POWER: When a disaster strikes, it always calls for a joint effort by the District Administration to bring solace for the people affected by floods. This picture shows three women officers (from left) Kodagu DC Annies Kanmani Joy, SP Suman D. Pennekar and ZP CEO Lakshmipriya walking the talk at Karadigodu in Siddapura yesterday. In the absence of Ministers and elected representatives, the officers are on field since the last five days assessing the damage and bringing relief to people. They are ensuring that relief reaches Ground Zero without any delay
IN FULL FLOW: River Cauvery is in full flow at Bethri village near Murnad. Normally in June-July, the river overflows inundating surrounding areas. This year, in August, after a delay of more than a month, there is a massive flow in the river and water has submerged areas that are well beyond the river limits. Hundreds of affected people have been shifted to relief centres

While tourists say rain has sent their travel plans for a toss, the ground situation in Kodagu is really bad as rain is showing no sign of relenting. It has been five days since it is raining heavily in South Kodagu, forcing the District Administration to ship boats to rescue families stranded amidst water and coffee estates. Virajpet Taluk is the worst affected with several crucial roads cutting off. 

ISLAND, NOWHERE TO GO: This is all that remains of a house near Guhya on the banks of Kakkattunaadu River. 10 houses have been submerged and the entire Kakkattunaadu has become an island.
A ROAD TURNED HORRIBLE: The Birunani-Badagarakeri Road’s present state where not even a person can walk safely and it will take months for the regular traffic to be restored. The District Administration and the elected representatives have the responsibility of restoring many such roads in Kodagu that have been damaged.

Traffic between Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Ponnampet, Balele, Kutta, Madikeri, Murnad, Napoklu, Birunani, Srimangala, Badagarakeri and Nalkeri has been blocked as roads are submerged under 6 feet deep water. Along with Kodagu, even Mysuru district is bearing the brunt of monsoon mayhem as several roads are blocked with more than 1,25,000 cusecs of water being released from Kabini and Taraka Reservoirs. 

LIFESAVER: A resident near Siddapura in Kodagu being rescued with a boat by para-military forces.

Nanjangud Road (Bengaluru-Nilgiri Road) leading to Ooty has been blocked and traffic has been stranded. In this special feature, we bring you scenes from Kodagu and Mysuru in a set of fresh photos. —Ed

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