Trapped in Alekhan estate in Chikkamagaluru’s Mudigere taluk following a landslide, they were rescued by a team from the NDRF and Fire and Emergency Services.

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Seventy people who were trapped for the last two days in Alekhan estate in Mudigere taluk of Chikkamagaluru following a landslide were rescued on Sunday.

The rescue operation was conducted by a team of officials from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Fire and Emergency Services. There was no loss of life reported in the incident, as per a district official.

“Our village is unrecognisable and we have left everything behind and left the area. In the last two days, we have not eaten regularly. There were landslides and the force of the rain water flowing is too strong,” Pramila, a survivor, said.

Meanwhile, in another incident, 100 people are feared trapped at the government school in Mudugundi village in Chikkamagaluru district. A rescue operation involving a column of the Indian Army is currently underway. The locals are believed to be have taken refuge in the school after a landslide hit the village three days ago.

Five people were killed in rain-related incidents on Saturday as rains intensified in Chikkamagaluru district. A 50 mm average rainfall was reported in the district as of 3 pm on Sunday.

Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje confirmed that those affected by the floods and landslides will receive Rs 92,100 as immediate relief. She added that a survey will be conducted to assess the damage to crops, roads and other infrastructure in the district.

As of Sunday morning, 785 people in the district have been evacuated and camped in 8 relief centres. Twelve villages in 4 taluks of the district have been affected by the floods while 190 houses have been damaged.

“The loss in the district is more than we expected. Some areas we are unable to access and we have received help from volunteers. We will do everything possible to provide relief to those affected and in the coming days, we will build new houses for those who have lost their houses in this disaster,” the MP said.

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