An exercise was held on Tuesday in the hills of Gajagiri in Talacauvery in Kodagu to demonstrate the measures taken for the rescue during landslides and floods. The demonstration showed the readiness of forces in an emergency.

An effort of the Kodagu District Administration and the National Disaster Response Force (SDRF), the exercise was conducted in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Charulatha Somal, Police Superintendent Kshama Mishra and other senior officers.

Staff from the NDRF, firefighters, Home Guards, police and other agencies assisting in rescue operations jointly conducted the exercise on how rescue efforts should be conducted by teams amid calamities . Different types of rescue operations have been demonstrated by making fun of a landslide situation on the hills. The demonstration took place at the same site where a major landslide occurred in Talacauvery last year.

Ms Somal said the district administration was preparing to deal with emergencies following three successive floods and landslides since 2018. Relief teams were conducting exercises at vulnerable sites, demonstrating their preparedness.

Ms Mishra said the police would fully support the NDRF, SDRF and other relief teams and coordinate emergency management with them.

It is important to note that the district administration has prepared the district disaster management plan to implement prevention and mitigation measures whenever necessary, and has established an action plan for reconstruction and the reconstruction of Kodagu.

The disaster management “ model ” and lessons learned have proven useful in also managing the pandemic in the district, with the district administration working and coordinating with the police and other key services during the floods to bring relief and relief to the affected.

The coordination that has manifested itself in the management of the crisis over the last year has been notable with elected officials, elected bodies and civil servants working together in teams to manage disasters. The administration, in 2019, estimated ₹ 1,700 for rebuilding Kodagu after the calamities. The loss suffered by the coffee industry was over ₹ 53 crore while the black pepper industry losses were set at ₹ 83 crore.

Kodagu District Minister V. Somanna said last year that a loss of 415 crore was estimated based on damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure in Kodagu during floods and landslides. in 2020. As many as 91 villages were the most affected by flooding and nearly 28 villages witnessed landslides.

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