Landslide at Thamarassery ghat due to heavy monsoon downpour in Kozhikode. (EPS)
KOZHIKODE: Incessant monsoon rain that lashed north Kerala with a fury since Tuesday triggered landslides and floods, killing six people, including three children, and left over 10 people missing on Thursday.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) reached the hilly areas of Kozhikode district and was engaged in relief and rescue operations along with efforts to trace the missing people. Unusual rainfall, ranging up to 24 cm that lashed parts of Kozhikode and Malappuram in a span of 24 hours, was cited as the major cause of the landslides and floods.
Red alert has been declared in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargod and Palakkad districts. Due to continuous rain, disaster management authorities have warned of more landslides and floods in the coming days. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vjayan directed the Chief Secretary and District Collectors to take immediate steps to tackle rain-related calamities.
One person went missing at Nilambur even as landslides and flash floods were reported from different places of the district. Another person had gone missing on Tuesday. District collector Amit Meena said he has sought Navy's help to carry search for the missing persons. Meanwhile, 13 families were evacuated following flash flood at Mathilmoola in Nilambur taluk.
As many as 1,030 people from 380 families have been shifted to various relief camps. Due to the possibility of landslides, vehicular movement has been banned along the Perumbadi- Makkoottam stretch of the Mysore-Thalassery inter-state highway till July 12 .Wayanad District Collector AR Ajith Kumar has also directed authorities to open the shutters of Beechanahalli dam in the wake of water levels rising rivers and streams. Relief camps have been opened in as many as 15 centres across the district.
People have been evacuated from flooded and vulnerable places in Kannur to the relief camps being set up at different places. As many as 82 persons from 17 families of Kiliyanthara were taken to the relief camp at Kiliyanthara school. Traffic between Kottiyur Boyce town and Mananthavady was also disrupted in a wall collapse. Thalasserry town was worst hit as rain water flooded roads, shops and houses.
Six houses in Kasaragod taluk and one house in Manjeshwaram were damaged in heavy rain. Widespread crop loss was also reported in the district. The body of a 60-year-old man, who fell in a stream on June 11, was found at Shirubagilu on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Baduvankunhi of Patla village. Following incessant rain, district collector Jeevan Babu K declared holiday to all educational institutes in Vellarikundu taluk on Thursday.