Rescue teams reach isolated villages in Kodagu district

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Rescue teams reach isolated villages in Kodagu district

Death toll put at 12 as multiple agencies remove 4,320 people to safety

The continuing rescue and relief operations in Kodagu district have reached their last phase with the Army and National Disaster Response Force personnel searching isolated villages even as the authorities confirmed the death toll at 12 in the district.

Multiple agencies involved in the operations have so far rescued 4,320 people.

A team of experts from the National Geophysical Research Institute, headed by H.M.S. Prakash, former Deputy Director-General of Geological Survey of India, has started geotechnical studies in areas where there have been landslips.

 Sanitation drive

Relief Commissioner Gangaram Baderia said the district administration is working on combating the outbreak of diseases and is ensuring cleanliness and hygiene.

For the sanitation drive, additional staff have been deployed from other cities, including 300 pourakarmikas from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, besides seven health inspectors and engineers.

 Toilets rushed

Bio-toilets and mobile toilets are being rushed to relief centres while the district administration has taken measures to ensure supply of clean drinking water to the villages.

A decision has been taken to provide employment opportunities for the displaced under the MGNREGA scheme and also involve them in clearing debris.

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