Bit of a Relief after Week-long Heavy Rain
By Express News Service | Published: 25th August 2014 06:48 AM |
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state that witnessed heavy rains last week got a relief on Sunday with the rains abating a bit. Though many places received less rain, the Met Department warned of heavy rains till Monday.
With seven more deaths reported till Sunday morning, the overall death toll inrain-related incidents touched 109. Two deaths each were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta and one from Malappuram. Kannur has reported the highest toll with 15 deaths reported till Sunday. In the heavy rains which lashed on Sunday, 47 houses were totally destroyed and 286 partially damaged. Standing crops on 318.77 hectares of land were destroyed and the loss is estimated at about Rs 84.34 lakh. During the season, crops in 17,447 hectares were destroyed and a loss of Rs 121.85 crore was estimated.
A total of 8042 people are now being housed in 98 relief camps across the state.
Thiruvananthapuram has the largest number with 57 camps and 2688 people housed in them. In the last two days, the state had witnessed landslips in Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kozhikode, and Wayanad districts.
In many places, the low-lying areas are still flooded and the water in rivers has ot subsided. According to the Met Department, rain/thundershowers will occur at many places in the state for the next 48 hours. It also warned of strong onshore winds from the westerly direction with speeds occasionally reaching 45-55 kmph likely to occur along or off Kerala coast and over Lakshadweep area during next 24 hours.
While Piravom recorded 8 cm of rain, Peermade and Vadakara received 7 cm of rain each. Munnar, Idukki and Chalakudy received 6 cm of rain each.
When Karipur AP and Amini (Lakshadweep) received 5 cm of rain each, 4 cm of rain was recorded at Kozhikode, Quilandy, Cherthala, Perumbavoor, Thodupuzha, Kanjirappally, ttappalam, Thrissur, Kodungallur and Enamackel. Kottayam, Agathi (Lakshadweep), Vellanikkara, Irinjalakuda, Vadakkancherry, Kunnamkulam, Ernakulam South, Manjeri, Mannarkad, Pattambi, Parambikulam and Vythiri had received three cm of rain each.