Landslide Aftershocks Continue To Haunt Kodagu: Two Women Buried Alive At Madikeri As Earth Caves In

Nov 9, 2018

Madikeri:  Four months after catastrophic floods and landslides struck the northern hilly areas of Madikeri and Somwarpet Taluks in Kodagu district, landslides due to loose soil continue to take lives. Two women were buried alive when earth caved in while they were doing some digging work to construct a compound wall of a house at Madikeri yesterday.

The women, migrant labourers, were trapped inside the soil along with one more labourer who was rescued. They were digging the soil to lay the foundation for the compound of a house when the earth under their feet gave way. Officials and the Police attributed the accident to loose soil that has not yet stabilised after the natural calamity.


The incident, occurred on the Race Course Road, has sent shockwaves among the residents of Madikeri who are yet to come to terms with loss of lives and properties due to flash floods and landslips that occurred in the second week of August this year. Those living near undulating terrain are staring at the danger of lands caving in.

The women have been identified as 45-year-old Gowramma from Belur in Hassan district and 40-year-old Yeshoda from Maderahalli in Chikkamagaluru. Gowramma’s husband Masha Bovi who went under the earth miraculously escaped. He was pulled out from the ground by rescuers. The labourers were working at the house of one Ramesh and were laying foundation to build a compound wall.

Source: Star of Mysore