Kodagu: Rescue on, tourists’ bookings cancelled

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BENGALURU: The rescue operations in the flood-ravaged Karnataka’s Kodagu were intensified on Monday even as the administration cancelled hotel bookings made by tourists in the scenic hilly district till the end of this month. Torrential rains have wrecked havoc in the popular tourist destination bordering Kerala and nestled on the hills of the Western Ghats, with floods and landslides killing at least eight people and rendering hundreds homeless. Several tourists were stuck in resorts and hotels ever since the disaster struck the district last week, with roads, including highways, suffering…

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BBMP has techies on its mind

By Manoj Sharma BBMP proposes Rs 180-cr road widening project to connect tech hubs If you’ve been dreaming of putting pedal to the metal and driving to your office in Electronics City on congestion-free roads, that may soon become a reality. Because the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has similar plans. Despite the BBMP’s other plans to widen several roads in the city still sitting on the backburner due to problems with acquisition of land, the civic agency has proposed yet another big budget project to give easy access to…

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Karnataka: Monsoon rains kill 155 in five months

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BENGALURU: Facing the brunt of devastation and rain fury, Karnataka has recorded as many as 155 human deaths in the last five months, starting from April. While Kodagu district might be the focal point of this year’s heavy devastation due to monsoon, surprisingly, the maximum number of deaths have occured in Bellary and Dakshina Kannada with 11 deaths recorded in each district. Kodagu, till Monday afternoon, had recorded seven deaths. As reports of landslides and mudslides take centre stage, it is to be noted that only six people have died…

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Fallen in mid sea, fisherman swims 7hrs for life

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MANGALURU: One moment, 40-year-old Nagarajan was sitting by himself on a deep sea trawler boat that was returning to the shore after fishing. The weather was rough and the fisherman was holding on to his seat. The next moment, he was floating in the sea off the Kudla coast, the water carrying away his unmoving body far away from his boat and his colleagues. Nagarajan didn’t panic, he focused on keeping his hands and legs beating. And that is how he lived to tell the tale of a man who…

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Bengaluru chips in to help flood-hit Kodagu

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BENGALURU: Two days ago, the family members of Vidya Jayanth, 29, a homemaker residing in JP Nagar 5th Phase in Bengaluru, was stranded in rain-hit Gurvale village near Somwarpet. She made arrangements and ensured that her 25-member family was shifted to a relief camp. She did not stop at that: To help the needy, she sent out appeals on social media. In no time, ample relief material was mobilised. Vidya is among the Bengalureans who have joined hands to support people in Kodagu and Kerala. “Initially, we did not realise…

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Potholes cause traffic snarls on Charmadi Ghat

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CHARMADI: Charmadi Ghat may have gotten blocked for a brief while on Saturday. However, the entire 25km stretch, right from Charmadi village in Belthangady of Dakshina Kannada to Kottigehara in Chikkamagaluru offered a hassle free ride throughout the day on Sunday. Despite traffic from the other two ghats – Shiradi and Sanmpaje – having being concentrated on the Charmadi ghat, the relatively smooth flow of traffic was possible after the district administrations of Dakshina Kannada and Chikkamagaluru banned plying of heavy commercial vehicles on the ghat. However, the biggest issue…

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Rescue efforts gather pace, 2,500 saved

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MYSURU/ MADIKERI/MANGALURU: After being battered by torrential rain for the last three days, Saturday brought some reprieve for people of Kodagu district with flood waters receding and intermittent spells of rain which helped rescue operations gather pace. However, commuting in the district is still a problem as many roads across the district are damaged or cut off due to landslides. Authorities have been doing their best to clear these roads. The Mysuru-Madikeri and Mysuru-Mangaluru roads, lifelines of Kodagu, are still closed. Authorities said that petrol and diesel stock in the…

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