MADIKERI: Other than causing huge loss in terms of infrastructure, property and crops, the recent floods and landslides in Kodagu have led to indirect losses that are long-term and complex. For example, these landslides have brought significant sediment load in the drainage channels and connected water reservoirs
One such impacted reservoir is the Harangi dam, which is located close to the northern affected areas near Kushalnagar. Using pre-landslides and post-landslide open source satellite images and advanced GIS image processing, WRI India generated map showing Total Suspended Solid (TSS) concentration within the Harangi reservoir has increased by almost 100 times due to flow of increased load of soil and sediment within the reservoir. It is believed such high load of soil and sediment inflow causes sedimentation within the reservoir and thereby significantly reduces the water holding capacity of the dam.
Silting is a natural hydrological and sedimentological process in which sediments flowing from the upstream catchment area get deposited in the reservoir.
MADIKERI: A month after Kodagu was devastated by unprecedented floods and landslides, questions are being asked about what could have led to the worst natural disaster to strike the tiny district in Karnataka in decades.
While rampant deforestation in the name of tourism has been blamed primarily for the tragedy, experts state there are other reasons that could have contributed to the calamity.
In this article, we look at some of the possible causes that led to the widespread disaster.
MADIKERI: Kodagu, which witnessed heavy rains and floods in the third week of August this year, is now showing signs of water scarcity with the water level in River Kaveri dipping drastically across its path at Napoklu, Murnad and Siddapur.
After the all-consuming deluge which inundated many areas, rivers, streams and wells in Kodagu are seemingly drying up fast, exposing dry sand beds at many places. At Bethri near Murnad, the River Kaveri is now flowing with just a couple of feet high water.
Though in August, as the floods raged, River Kaveri overshot its banks at most places in Kodagu, sinking several parts of the district, it has been noticed that water levels at wells and streams at many places have drastically dipped in the last few weeks.
MADIKERI: The Kodagu district administration has lifted the ban on entry of tourists to the flood-affected Kodagu from September 10. Rescue-cum-relief operations are going on in full swing in the district, which is reeling under rain havoc caused in the third week of August.
However, tourists are not allowed to visit Abbey Falls, Mandalpatti and Tadiyandamol as the road repair work is under progress.
Earlier, Deputy Commissioner P I Sreevidya had prohibited tourists from staying in hotels, resorts, home stays, guest houses and other private lodges and boarding homes till September 9.
“The re-construction and re-building of the affected areas and damaged roads are in progress and since rains have reduced considerably from the last five days, it has been decided not to further extend the ban,” the order stated.
A copy of the circular has been forwarded to Kodagu District Hotel and Resort Owners Association and Kodagu District Home Stays Association.
There are conflicting views emanating whether Madikeri Dasara next month should be a low-key affair or should be conducted with the usual pomp and grandeur. Kannada and Culture Minister Jayamala who visited Madikeri last week has added to the confusion by claiming Madikeri Dasara will be a grand affair this year too.
The truth is Kodagu is yet to recover from the floods and landslides which hit the district in the third week of August. Even though only a few places were affected, we as a society should stand behind the flood-affected displaced families in their time of need. Rehabilitation is going to be long drawn process which will need donations from individuals and corporates in addition to the government grants.
Kelapanda Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar, the two 22-year-olds from Chennai, endured a roller-coaster ride to finish with bronze in the men’s 49er sailing event at the recently concluded Asian Games.
In an email interview with Kodagu Connect, Kelapanda Ganapathy, with Kodagu roots, speaks about his entry into sailing and future plans.
How did you first get involved with sailing?
I first started sailing when I was around six years old. One of my classmates’ dad took some of our classmates on a sailing trip and I just loved the experience. There has been no looking back for the last 16 years. It has been a long journey but it’s just the beginning.
How did it feel winning bronze medal for India at Asian Games?
It was one of the proudest moments of my life. Only regret was being not able to win the gold because we couldn’t execute some of our plans as we had planned before the race.
How did you train and prepare for Asian Games?
A year back I had a shoulder surgery, so I had only six months to prepare for the Asian Games. We spent a lot of time training in Europe. I would especially like to mention our coaches Bunny Warren, Jyrki Jarvi, Alain and Champy who were of great support, and special thanks to Jonas Warrer who was with us at the Asian Games. We couldn’t have achieved anything without these amazing people.
Showing solidarity with the flood-affected people of Kodagu, the Kodava Hockey Academy has decided to postpone the 2019 edition of the annual Kodava Hockey Festival. The festival, which was supposed to be orgainsed by Mukkatira (Harihara) family at Balugodu near Virajpet in April 2019, will now be held in 2020 at the same venue.