Chief priest of Talacauvery temple among 5 missing after heavy rain triggers landslide in Karnataka

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It is feared that the mud and debris from the hill submerged the house of the priest

Five people including chief priest of a temple in Talacauvery are missing after heavy rainfall triggered a massive landslide at Bramhagiri Hills in Kodagu district of Karnataka early on Thursday morning.

It is feared that the debris from the hill submerged the house of the priest. At least two houses have also been damaged in the landslide in Talacauvery, which is also the origin of river Cauvery.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team reached the spot and initiated search operation for the missing persons, said a report in The New Indian Express.

It is feared that landslide on the Bramhagiri Hills may have taken place post-midnight on Wednesday.

The Talacauvery temple employees living there claimed that they talked to the chief priest on Wednesday evening and apart from the priest, his wife, his brother and two assistants were also living in the house.

The matter came to light when the chief priest did not come to the temple on Thursday morning and the temple employees went to his house only to find debris from the landslide in place of the priest's house.

It is said that the Bhagamandala authorities had sent a notice to the temple priest asking to shift from to house to a safe area keeping in view the heavy.

However, the priest and the family reportedly preferred to stay there while another priest residing in the same area shifted to nearby Bhagamandala.

 

Image credit: The New Indian Express

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