Hill comes crashing down on Yedakumari rail track

Hassan: As the monsoon continued to wreak its fury another landslide was reported between Yedakumari and Sirivagilu stations in the Sakleshpur region of the Western Ghats on Saturday. 

Two major landslides were reported on the railway route on Friday, with one bringing down a portion of a hill and depositing boulders  on  the tracks besides dislocating a bridge. While men and machinery have been working to remove the debris, the fresh landslide deposited another 6,000 cubic meters of mud on the tracks, according to Divisional Railways Manager, Aparna Garg.

The railways will review the situation on August 25 before  resuming train services, she says.  Meanwhile, two relief camps have been set-up by the district administration at Ramanathapura in Arakalugudu taluk, Hassan where the river Cauvery is in spate,  flooding villages. 

Around 150 affected villagers have been shifted to relief camps, reveals assistant commissioner, Lakshmikanth Reddy.  

Hassan district in-charge minister, H D Revanna has dispatched 3,000 litres of milk to flood affected Ramanathapura and another 26,000 litres of milk to Madikeri from the Hassan Milk Federation. In addition,  200 quintals of rice and five quintals of tur dal are being sent for the flood affected areas from Hassan district

Members of the Hassan Milk Union have decided to contribute their one-day salary , amounting in all to around Rs 10 lakh towards the relief effort. 

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