IAS officer's ancestral house washed away

IAS officer's ancestral house washed away

Nodal officer for monitoring flood relief is also a victim

His ancestral property at Torgal village in Ramadurga taluk of Belgaum district is washed away in the flood waters of Malaprabha river. Jaamdar was born in this house. So far he has not been able to visit Torgal as he is preoccupied with relief work.

Torgal, also called Tergal, is a small village about 73 kms from Belgaum district headquarters. River Malaprabha flows nearby the village. Due to heavy rains, the river swelled and washed out almost the entire village. It was a small built house about on 20/30 ft plot.

The house was built by Jaamdaar’s grandfather Yellappa, a farmer, some five decades ago. His father Malleshappa, who was also a farmer, lived their. Before the floods, his sister Mahadevi was living in the house. She abandoned the house as the flood waters swelled. She is now living in her relatives’ house, the family sources said.

When contacted, Jaamdar, who is Karnataka Power Corporation Limited Managing Director, said he has not been able to visit his village yet. “I have a greater responsibility to provide relief to lakhs of affected people. I am planning to go there after the situation comes under control,” he stated.