Madikeri, Aug 27 : The members of an expert committee from the Union Government visited Kodagu on Tuesday to study the impact of floods in the district during the first week and second week of this month and collected information from the district administration.
The team held a meeting with Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy, Zilla Panchayat CEO K Lakshmi Priya, District In-charge Secretary Anbu Kumar and others.
The Deputy Commissioner giving details to the committee said as per the preliminary statistics the loss in Kodagu is estimated to be Rs 600 crore.
Crops have been lost in 1.18 lakh hectares of land and it included Coffee - 1 lakh hectare, Pepper - 6,350 hectare. 2,241 hectare, cardamom - 1,806 hectare and vegetables - 380 hectare. A total of 153 houses collapsed totally and 336 houses have been partially damaged in the district.
The team later visited the flood-hit areas in Nelyahudikeri, Karadigodu, Kumbaragundi and Siddapura. The officials will listen to the woes of the flood victims. Later, the team conducted an inspection of Makutta Road. The landslides in Kodagu had caused a huge loss in 2018. A team from the Centre had conducted a study and had submitted a report to the Central government. Based on the report, a grant of Rs 546 crore was released to the five flood-hit districts of the State.
The team members included Union Finance Department Director S Meena, Agricultural Cooperative and Farmers Welfare Joint Director Punnuswamy, Union Water Resource Department S E Jetendra Pannavar. (UNI)