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3,500 Evacuated From Flood-Hit Karnataka’s Kodagu, Rains Hit Rescue Work

The rescued have been shifted to 30 relief camps and efforts were on to reach others

KODAGU (KARNATAKA).

About 3,500 marooned people were rescued in Karnataka’s worst flood-hit Kodagu district even as incessant rains hampered relief work, the government said today. "The Indian Army, Navy and other state and central agencies have rescued more than 3,500 people so far," a statement from Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy’s office said.

Of the hundreds stranded across this flood-hit hilly district, about 270 km from Bengaluru, the 3,500 rescued till Sunday noon have been shifted to 30 relief camps and efforts were on to reach the others held up on hilltops.

The exact number of people still stranded across the district could not be ascertained from the officials.

Located in the Western Ghats mountain ranges, the coffee-growing district is the worst-hit due to the south-west monsoon rains since June first week.

The incessant rains have been causing flooding and landslides across the region, damaging the arterial roads.

Over 60 people have been stranded in Mukkodlu village of the district, but airlifting them has not been possible due to bad weather, Kumaraswamy said on Saturday.

About 300 people were rescued on Saturday, including more than 30 senior citizens and 50 children.

About 60 Dogra Regiment soldiers, 12 naval divers, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) officials, 525 fire service personnel and Home Guards are among those working on rescue operations.

In total, over 1,000 rescuers from state and central agencies have been engaged in the rescue operations.

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