Following disastrous landslides that rocked the county four years ago, residents of two villages in Chikkamagaluru district are still waiting for the assistance and compensation that authorities promised to provide.
Massive landslides that buried communities and left a path of devastation in their wake occurred in the state in August 2019 as a result of severe rainfall. The villages of Malemane and Madugundi in the Mudigere Taluk are still dealing with the effects of those terrible landslides. The victims are still in need of aid despite assurances from authorities, including former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and former ministers CT Ravi, R. Ashok, and Madhuswamy.
Six homes, two temples, and around 40 acres of land in Malemane village were destroyed by the disaster. The relentless rain caused hills to crumble, displacing residents and leaving them without land. The affected family were promised assistance, and the government suggested they look for housing in rental properties. Within a year, promises were made to pay the rent, offer new houses, and supply land. The victims are now experiencing hardship and uncertainty since no rent payments have been made.
We lost our houses four years ago as a result of the 2019’s torrential rainfall. We were supposed to get rent for a leased residence from the government, but we haven’t. Sankita, a landslide victim, told reporters that her family has experienced extreme hardship and that the promised extra land has also not materialized.
The landslides made five households in Malemane homeless. We haven’t been effectively relocated despite assurances from different authorities, Rajanna, a villager, told reporters. We were first invited to relocate into temporary housing before being requested to do so. Four years had passed while waiting for rehabilitation that never came about. We want the government to get involved and hasten our recovery,” he said.
The government made the decision to provide the victims land and homes. “Land to distribute to the victims has already been identified by the revenue department,” Mudigere tahsildar Shiva Shankarappa informed HT. The study, according to him, revealed the lands the victims lost, and the list of beneficiaries has also been finalized. We’ll start distributing shortly.
The victims’ cries for help have been ignored, and petitions to the district administration and the government have not resulted in any relief. The evicted citizens’ frustrations have reached a breaking point, resulting in demonstrations outside the taluk office and, in one case, even a suicide attempt.
The district government has chosen Bairapura village as a viable resettlement option for the uprooted Malemane residents. The victims are unsure about moving, however, due to worries about the area’s high annual rainfall of 250–300 inches and the impending danger of wild animals.
Malemane and Madugundi village inhabitants are calling for broad and prompt government involvement as the four-year anniversary of the deadly landslides approaches.