Karnataka: Talacauvery temple’s head priest, family members yet to be traced despite two-day search

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Personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force and SDRF carried out search operations on Saturday

Despite two days of search, the rescue team could not trace five persons including the head priest of a temple in TalaCauvery temple in Kodagu district of Karnataka till Saturday, news reports said.

Personnel of the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) and SDRF carried out search operations on Saturday to trace five people including the 80-year-old chief priest of the Talacauvery temple, Narayan Achar.

They are feared to have been trapped under the debris of their houses which were destroyed by landslide on Thursday in Brahamagiri hills at Talacauvery.

Kodagu district minister V Somanna directed officers leading the rescue teams to procure any necessary equipment to expedite the rescue operations for tracing the five-member family, reported Deccan Chronicle.

Meanwhile, floods in Kodagu affected several places including areas in Madikeri taluk and Virajpet taluk. Landslides were reported from 14 places including Kadagadaalu, Jodupaala, Neerukolli, Kottamudi, Hodavaada, Abyaala and Dechooru in Madikeri taluk, Athoorunallooru, Thaakeri, Soorlabbi, Madapura and Shanthalli in Somwarpet taluk and Maggula in Virajpet taluk.

The Meteorological Department has declared an orange alert in Kodagu district till 11 August.

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