Landslips return after a year at Malavanthige

 Landslips return after a year at Malavanthige
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Shwetha S

Kolli (Belthangady), Aug 10: Over four acres of trees have been washed away in the landslip inside the forest of Malavanthige village, in the foothills of the Western Ghats in Belthangady Taluk.

A team of officials led by the Village accountant has rushed to collect the details. 

Landslip at Alladakadu

Mittabagilu and Malavanthige village had witnessed major landslide due to cloud burst on August 9, 2019. This landslide seems to have taken place exactly one year later.

The landslip took place within the forest limits at Alladakadu where one of the tributaries of the Netravathi River originates. However, there has been no loss to life or private property as it is situated deep in the forest and is an uninhabited place.

Villagers at the spot

How did the incident come to light?

Villagers of Kolli and nearby areas have been seeing slushy water in the rivulet that feeds their agricultural land for about two days. 

“Since two days slushy water used to come in the stream near our house. We did not know the reason. As it continued the villagers suspected something must have happened within the forest and four of them went to the forest today to see what had happend,” Kolli Sri Durgadevi Temple president Srihari Thodthillaya told The Canara Post.  

Four villagers including Sundara, Ganesh Battalkukku, and Vishwanatha Bollaje walking along the stream.

After walking about 5 km they were shocked to see what they saw. A huge patch of land had no trees at all. It looked as if some earthmover had moved the entire forest land. The landslip had uprooted all the trees of about 4 acres. The entire area was filled with slush.

Landslip at Alladakadu

They continued walking and reached an elevated place and saw the breathtaking view of the landslip.

It was clear for them that the landslip had made the rivulet turn slushy. They clicked the photos and videos and informed the villagers and officials.

“We have come to know about the landslip. I have asked the Village Accountant to collect the details,” Belthangady Tahsildar Mahesh G said.

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