The hilly district of Kodagu received unprecedented rains this monsoon, resulting in disastrous landslides and floods.
Speaking to The News Minute, Karnataka CM, HD Kumaraswamy, said “As of today, until 10:00 a.m., 4,320 people have been rescued and brought back safely to relief centres. In total, 1,725 specially trained experts from KSRP, SDRF, Army, Navy and Airforce, NCC, Home Guards and District Administration have been deployed in rescue operations.”
However, a heartwarming example of communal harmony and brotherhood has emerged in this challenging situation.
Even as thousands of Kodagu residents lost their household to landslides or are waiting for the floods to recede from their homes, they have found a home in the house of Gods—of every religion!
Srirama Temple, St Anthony’s school and a local Madrasa have turned into safe havens for about 1000 people affected by the floods.
The devastation has also resulted in several voluntary initiatives to supplement the government’s relief efforts to cope with the disaster.
Speaking to The Hindu, Shantharam Kamath, who works as a relief effort coordinator, said, “Most people who have been rendered homeless are from Mukkodlu, Makkandur, Tanthipala, Hattihole and Kandanakolli. We have enough provisions to last another ten days, and this is all private contribution.”
Kamath also said that when the news about the landslides in Kodagu spread across the district, its youth sprang to action.
Without wasting any time, some trekked dangerous routes, and some took their vehicles to help stranded people reach relief camps.
“Some risked their lives and trekked into the interior areas to rescue those stranded amidst floods,” said Mr Kamath.
Many residents have donated foodgrains, clothes and blankets to the relief camps in the temple, church and madrasas.
Bopanna, another coordinator with a relief camp, said, “We had about 500 people on the first two days, but some have left to join their relatives. The rooms are stuffed, thanks to the public and there is no problem regarding food or drinking water. What matters most is permanent rehabilitation, and that is the real challenge.”
Empathising with the thousands of citizens who have lost their livelihood, their home and are currently living in distress, CM Kumaraswamy has announced that the families of those who perished in the floods will get Rs 5 lakh from the government and the injured will get free treatment. Kodagu is also set to get a sanction of Rs 100 crore for the relief work.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)