Bengaluru digs deep to pull Kodagu out of deep waters

Bengaluru: “We drink Cauvery water which originates from Kodagu and it’s time for us to do our bit for the district which is in deep distress due to unprecedented floods,” is the message doing the rounds on social media, asking people to offer help to the flood-affected in the Coffee Land.

Awake to help Coorg, #help coorg #kodagu floods are being used to get donors to help people in the region, who have been affected by torrential rains, landslides and raging rivers.

As the flood waters are receding, the people of Kodagu have hit the panic button as the threat of epidemics looms. To keep disaster-hit areas clean, the BBMP has dispatched a batch of 300 pourakarmikas and over 100 mobile toilets and e-toilets. The Palike has also sent medical staff and officials to monitor the relief work. These teams have been sent in seven KSRTC buses and the number of men and material will be added as required, BBMP Commissioner N. Manjunath Prasad said. 

MLAs and corporators are asking their followers and party workers to collect relief materials from different parts of the city. Quantities of instant food, sanitary napkins, matchboxes, torches, drinking water bottles, blankets, nylon ropes, bedspreads, towels, medicines, milk packets, mosquito repellants and others have been sent to the region.

Karun Kalappa, a senior member of Kodava Samaj, told Deccan Chronicle that nearly 30 trucks of relief materials with rice, atta, ready-to-eat food, clothes, mats and blankets have been sent already. Two more trucks will be sent by Monday.

“Eight families have been provided accommodation and extended financial assistance. They have been provided with food and other support,” he said.

After contacting other Kodava Samajas in Kodagu and other places, the relief measures have been stopped for a few days. Now, the relief materials will be collected based on the need, he said and added that rains have stopped in some parts and water too is receding. He appreciated the support and concern extended by Bengalureans.

Indiranagar, Banashankari, Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Ramamurthynagar, Banasawadi, BTM Layout, Vidyaranyapura, Yelahanka, Srirampura and other areas saw volunteers collecting relief materials.

Good Samaritans at Kushalnagar, Virajpet and Ammathi Kavadi in Kodagu have offered to provide accommodation and food at their hotels and home stays to those displaced by floods and landslides.

Various NGOs, volunteers, resident welfare associations, churches, temples, mosques, taxi associations and others have come forward to help people in Kodagu. Volunteers have been appealing to the donors to provide unused and new relief materials.

Politicians from all the three major parties are raising funds and other relief materials to be sent to Kodagu. 

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