KOZHIKODE/T’PURAM/KOCHI:The northern districts of the state continued to bear the brunt of the monsoon fury, leaving one person dead in Kannur and a fisherman missing in Malappuram on Wednesday. Scores of houses were destroyed and crop loss to the tune of Rs 12 crore has been reported owing to landslides and floods since the beginning of the monsoon season in north Kerala.
As many as 12 landslides were reported from the Makkoottam-Brahmagiri forest region in Kannur district. Sarath, 29, of Vilamana, drowned in the flood that followed the landslide at Makkoottam. The landslides disrupted traffic on the Iritty-Bangalore route for over 12 hours.
A 65-year-old fisherman, K P Hamza from Tanur in Malappuram district, went missing after his fibre boat capsized in the rough sea at Ponnani. Heavy rain also triggered landslides at Adyanpara near Nilambur. Mathilumoola tribal colony in Malapuram was hit by flood after Kanjirappuzha overflew.
Incessant rains triggered multiple landslides in the hilly regions of Kozhikode district, causing huge damage to houses in Anakkampoyil. Scores of houses were totally destroyed and a road stretch of over one kilometre was totally washed away in Thiruvambady panchayat.
The authorities have estimated crop loss to the tune of Rs 1.75 crore. As many as 119 families were relocated to relief camps.Wayanad District Collector A R Ajith Kumar has issued an advisory to people and officers to take measures to prevent accidents and mishaps. Since the onset of the monsoon season, rain-related calamities have claimed five lives in Kasargod district.
Two separate cases of drowning were reported in Pathanamthitta district. While two houses were completely damaged in Alappuzha and Palakkad districts, 18 houses were partially damaged in Ernakulam district.