Karnataka’s twin coastal districts report 10 more covid deaths in a day

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August 1,2020

Mangaluru/Udupi, Aug 1: Karnataka’s twin costal districts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi have recorded 10 more deaths related to covid-19. 

With four more deaths, Dakshina Kannada’s covid-19 death toll mounted to 159. Udupi’s covid-19 death toll mounted to 35 with 6 new deaths. 

Meanwhile, DK recorded 139 new covid positive cases. Among them 91 are from Mangaluru, 19 from Bantwal, 14 from Beltangady, nine from Puttur, and six from other districts.

With this, the total number of the covid-10 cases in DK reached 5,852. Out of these only 3,008 cases are currently active. 

On the other hand, Udupi recorded 136 new covid-19 cases. The total number of covid-19 cases reported in the district mounted to 4,492. 

According to the official bulletin, a total of 32,401 samples have been collected so far. Among them 27,463 have turned out to be negative and 446 reports are awaited.

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Aug 9 | DK, Udupi record 414 fresh covid cases, 6 deaths

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August 9,2020

Mangaluru/Udupi, Aug 9: The coastal districts of Dakshina and Udupi recorded 414 covid cases in past 24 hours. While DK recorded 132 cases, Udupi reported 282 cases. 

Six patients succumbed to the Covid-19 infection in DK, while Udupi did not report any fatality

The number of active cases in DK has now dropped to 3,305, while Udupi is currently home to 2,697 active cases.

In Udupi, 46% -- 132 -- of the patients who were confirmed infected on Sunday have been found to be primary contacts of previously infected patients, while those with a history of influenza-like-illness (ILI) accounted for 69 cases, said Udupi deputy commissioner G Jagadeesha, adding that the authorities were still tracing the source of the infection in 66 patients. 

Meanwhile, six with severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), as many people who had travelled to Udupi from other parts of the country and three who had travelled to foreign countries added to the coastal district’s tally. 

Jagadeesha further pointed out that 205 of the patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus were asymptomatic. While Udupi taluk, with 152 fresh cases, accounted for more than half of Sunday’s tally, Kundapur (86), Karkala (43) were the other contributors, while one case was also reported from outside the district.

Of the six fatalities in Dakshina Kannada, Mangaluru and Bantwal taluks accounted for two each, while Sullia had one death and the remaining death was reported outside the district, its overall death toll now at 220. Of the 132 fresh cases, 68 had a history of ILI, 21 were primary contacts of previous patients, 11 had a past record of SARI while the source of the infection in 32 is being traced, the DC said.

The overall Covid-19 tally in Dakshina Kannada has now risen to 7,207, of which Mangaluru which accounts for 5,023, with Bantwal trailing, at 689. On Sunday too, Mangaluru accounted for the lion’s share of the Covid-19 cases, with 81 people in the taluk being confirmed infected.

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Bad weather hinders NDRF operation after landslide buries 5 people in Kodagu

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August 7,2020

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Madikeri, Aug 7: Two days after massive landslides triggered by heavy downpour in Kodagu, five people including a priest are still missing. 

The landslide, which originating at Brahmagiri Hills in Talacauvery, swept away two houses on Wednesday night.

This missing people are: Talacauvery temple chief Narayana Achar (70), his wife Shantha (70), brother Ananda Theertha Swami (87) and two assistants — Ravi Kiran (26) and Srinivas (30). Achar’s neighbour had shifted out of Bhagamandala earlier, fearing a landslide. 

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) had to stop rescue operations due to bad weather. The operations resumed today. 

“There are many minor landslides on the way to the spot,” said Kodagu Deputy Commissioner C Annies K Joy, adding that the flood situation at Bhagamandala was not permitting earthmovers to reach the spot. Heavy rain between Wednesday and Thursday triggered landslides. 

Bhagamandala Panchayat Development Officer Ashok said a notice was issued to the priest’s family to shift out of the house, but they chose to stay back. 

On Thursday morning, when the Talacauvery temple staff went to check on Narayana Achar, as he had not reached the temple for the daily puja, they found levelled land and debris where Achar’s house stood. Utensils, puja material and clothes were found nearly 2 km away at Cherangala. 

As rains continued over the last few days, many rivers are flowing above the danger levels, forcing people to move to safer places.

 Responding to the situation, which is turning grimmer by the day, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who is currently undergoing treatment in a private hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, directed ministers to visit rain-hit areas and supervise relief efforts. He has also assured of providing required financial assistance for those affected.

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Four of a family missing after heavy rain triggers landslides in Kodagu

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August 6,2020

Madikeri, Aug 6: Heavy rainfall triggered landslides at Brahmagiri hills in Talacauvery in Kodagu on Thursday.

Four members of the Talacauvery temple priest family are missing in the landslides informed Annies Kanmani Joy, Kodagu DC.

She also informed that Advanced Rescue Team has been rushed to incident site.

According to the reports, houses belonging to two priest families were destroyed in the incident. 

However, one house was vacant as family had moved to Bhagamandala.

Visuals from Kodagu showed a flood-like situation, with houses and vehicles submerged under rainwater.

Meanwhile, heavy rains continued to lash Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikkamagaluru districts on Thursday.

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