Kumaraswamy ruled out earthquake in flood-hit Kodagu

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today strongly refuted speculations being spread over social media postings that an earthquake has occurred in rain-ravaged Kodagu district.

After conducting aerial survey in the flood-affected areas of the district, where hundreds are marooned in villages and towns due to heavy rains, he made it clear that neither the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre nor the Geology Department had picked up any sign of tremors.

The coffee-growing district is one of the worst-hit districts in the south Karnataka, about 270 km away from Bengaluru. Chief Minister said that the officials are trying to airlift people in the district, but weather is not favourable. Heavy rains, flooding and landslips in the district have claimed six lives so far.

He will pay a visit to rain-affected areas in Nanjangood and Kabini on Sunday. With heavy rains expected in many parts of the state, Chief Minister had earlier directed collectors of various districts to remain on their toes to combat any untoward situation.

Out of 30 districts, as many as five districts namely, Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Chikkamagaluru, and Shivamogga were kept on high alert. Torrential rains, which lashed the state since 14 August, caused landslides and disrupted the normal life in the state.


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