Rain continues to lash coastal Karnataka; major landslide near Belthangady

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August 10, 2020

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Mangaluru, Aug 10: Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash across Karnataka’s coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada on Monday. 

In the Coast, Udupi received the highest amount of rainfall at 127mm, followed by Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada at 73mm each.

Meanwhile, there was a major landslide inside the Kudremukh National Park at Alladakadu, Belthangady taluk, about 70 kms from Mangaluru. 

According to reports, the landslide has occurred in over six acres of uninhabited land. Tehsildar Mahesh J said that the landslide was about three km away from inhabited area and there was danger to people.

The incident came to light after villagers saw slushy water flowing in the rivulets and informed the authorities. 

In Dakshina Kannada, in the last 24 hours a total of 230 persons (102 males and 128 females, including children) were shifted to relief camps. The crop loss is yet to be estimated. In the last 24 hours, five houses have been damaged completely and 20 partially, according to the district bulletin.

Even in Udupi there was damage to houses and property, but the damage was yet to be estimated.

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September 21,2020

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Mangaluru, Jan 21: Celebrity dancer Kishore Shetty and his aide Aqeel Nausheel have been remanded to seven days police custody by a judge here. The duo was arrested on the charges of drug trafficking and consumption.

The police had produced them before the judge at his residence on Sunday, September 20 after which the police took them into custody.

The duo was subjected to a coronavirus test on Sunday and the result is expected on Monday, if they test positive, treatment will have to be provided as per the government norms. However, until the test result is received, the police personnel will not be able to resume questioning on a full scale.

Reportedly, Kishore had returned to the city a few months back and during the preliminary questioning revealed that in spite of being a drug addict himself, he began drugs business only recently.

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September 23,2020

Bengaluru, Sept 23: The Karnataka assembly on Tuesday passed a bill to reduce salaries and allowances of members of the state legislature by 30 per cent for a year to augment financial resources required to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The state expects to save somewhere between Rs 16 crore to Rs 18 crore by this exercise, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister J C Madhuswamy said, while moving the 'Karnataka Legislature Salaries, Pensions and Allowances and Certain Other Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020' to effect the changes. "In the wake of Covid-19, we discussed with leaders of our party and also the opposition that as a gesture, ministers, MLAs and MLCs, heads of authorities, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker should agree to a 30 per cent salary cut," Madhuswamy told the Assembly.

Appreciating the move, Arkalgud JD(S) MLA A T Ramaswamy demanded to know how the government approved hike in salaries of judicial officers during the pandemic when the state was facing a financial crunch. "During this coronavirus period, the state is facing financial problems. It is our duty to rush aid for relief work. However, should this law be applicable to all or only to the Karnataka Legislature?" Ramaswamy asked the Law Minister.

He alleged that judicial officers in Karnataka had on their own, hiked their salaries and then the government gave its nod. "Is this appropriate? Has the government lost its strength? Without seeking your consent, without the approval of the legislature, if they hike their salaries and you give your nod later, are they above law or the Constitution? You need to clarify on this," Ramaswamy said. To this, Madhuswamy said he was not in a position to immediately give an answer as he did not have the facts. He however, assured Ramaswamy that he would gather the information and provide it to him.

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September 20,2020

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Mysuru/Mangaluru, Sept 20: The kabini reservoir authortieis have issued a flood alert, warning residents living downstream of the Kabini reservoir in Mysuru's HD Kote and asking them to move to safer locations.

The alert was issued on Sunday and it stated that the outflow of the reservoir will be increased to nearly 35,000 cusecs. This will be done in anticipation of an increase in inflow in the next 24 hours.

The increase is expected due to heavy rains in the upstream areas of the dam and the catchment area of Kabini, which includes the Wayanad region of Kerala. The reservoir reached maximum capacity and the water level was at 2,284 feet.

Meanwhile heavy rains lashing in kodagu district with authorities issued red alert bagamandala ,talacauvery and triveni sangama overflowing .the officials asked the people to not to venture come out in the hilly resions.

Only last month with heavy havoc with Brahamagiri landslide which claimed five lives including talacauvery priest. 
Only three bodies have been recovered and had suspended the operation search for two more bodies for more than 15 days.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has issued a forecast for widespread moderate to heavy rains in the coastal region of the state . The KSNDMC also predicted that very heavy to extremely heavy rains are likely to occur in isolated areas of Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Uttara Kannada districts.

In the mean time Heavy rains have been lashing various parts of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts for the past 24 hours causing damage at several places.

The normal life affected due to heavy rains in the district. The Udupi city and Manipal are inundated and roads of the city are submerged in water.

The Udupi-Mangalore highway near Katapadi has been closed and people are forced to take the alternative road. Also, Padubidri road has been inundated and if the situation gets worse then it will be closed too.

Even the parking area of Udupi Sri Krishna Math also submerged in water. Areas on the banks of river Shambavi are flooded.

Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary has instructed to send NDRF force from Mangaluru to Udupi to deal with the situation.

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