Heavy nightly rains cause landslide in Nandi Hills, tourists banned
Heavy rains caused a landslide on Tuesday evening in Nandi Hills, a popular tourist destination near Bengaluru in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka. The district administration said there were no casualties and no one was injured. Meanwhile, tourists en route to the hills have been urged to return as the landslide blocked many roads leading to the top of the hill.
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Chikkaballapur district official and health minister Dr K Sudhakar said NDRF teams have been dispatched to clean up the debris and the road to Nandi Hills is closed by authorities. N Gopal, a special officer in Nandi Hills, said: “This was the first time we saw a landslide in Nandi Hills; previously, only mudslides had been reported in the area.
District Commissioner R Latha said: “Following heavy rains, a landslide was reported in the 10th curve of Nandi Hills. PWD authorities have started work to clear the landslide and build roads. Tourists will not be allowed until the work is completed.
A private bus was stranded near Nandi Crossroad due to heavy rains overnight as rice fields and villages around the hills were flooded.
Meanwhile, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) declared a yellow alert for the district of Chikkaballapur, including the urban and rural districts of Bengaluru, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu, Kolar, Ramanagara and Shivamogga.