Kerala battles to rise above floods and landslides; Red alert issued in six districts as death toll touches seven

The State Disaster Management Authority has issued red alert in six districts in the wake of heavy rain triggering land slips in many areas.

Published: 15th June 2018 02:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th June 2018 08:43 AM   |  A+A-

Distant view of Kandappanchal landslide at Anakkampoyil in Kozhikode due to heavy monsoon rainfall. (EPS | Manu R Mavelil)

By Express News Service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Disaster Management Authority has issued red alert in six districts in the wake of heavy rain triggering landslips in many areas. The red alert has been issued in Kozhikode, Malappuram, Wayanad, Kannur, Kasargod and Palakkad districts. The police have been instructed to hold announcements in areas vulnerable to landslide and flash flood to take adequate precautions for people.

The officials of various departments which deal with disaster management have also been instructed to be alert. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) has forecast heavy (7-11 cm in 24 hours) at a few places and very heavy rainfall at isolated places on Thursday, heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places on Friday and heavy rainfall at isolated places from Saturday to Monday.

Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off the Karnataka, Kerala, coasts and near Lakshadweep as strong winds and high waves are likely along the coast. The condition of the sea is likely to be rough to very rough along these coasts and over East Central, West Central and South West Arabian Sea.

Further, orange alert has been issued in Idukki, Kottayam and Alappuzha districts where officials of various departments have been advised to stay alert. The Central Water Commission also warned that the water level in major rivers are likely to increase as a result of heavy rain, which trigger flash floods and landslide in vulnerable areas.  An emergency response team is already in the area where rain triggered landslide in Kozhikode and another team from the National Disaster Response Force, Arakkonam, will be reaching here soon, said SDMA member secretary Sekhar Kuriakose. 

Alert in Sabarimala

Pilgrims have been advised to avoid travelling to Sabarimala on motorbikes, three-wheelers, and open vehicles as part of the opening of the temple for monthly poojas which will be held between Thursday and Tuesday. In case of any eventuality, the control room at Pathanamthitta Collectorate (0468 - 2322515) has to be alerted.  

Fishermen warned not to venture into the sea

Thiruvananthapuram: The IMD has warned fishermen not to venture into the sea. ‘’Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough along and off Kerala, Karnataka coasts and over Lakshadweep area. Fishermen are advised not to venture into sea along and off Karnataka, Kerala coasts and over Lakshadweep area,’’ IMD said.

CM issues directives, NDRF to arrive soon

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday instructed the Chief Secretary and the District Collectors to take urgent measures to tackle monsoon-related havoc. A 48-member NDRF team will soon reach Kozhikode, one of the worst-affected districts, he said. A second team will arrive in the state as a reserve force to handle contingencies. The Transport and Labour ministers are monitoring the situation in Kozhikode district, the CM said.

Curbs between Makkoottam and Perumbadi till July 12

Kannur: All modes of vehicular traffic between Makkoottam and Perumbadi of Kodagu district in Karnataka on the Thalasserry - Mysuru inter-state highway have been banned till July 12, said the Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu District. During this period, those who travel from Thalasserry to Mysuru via Kodagu can opt for the Mananthavady-Tholpatty-Kutta- Hudikkeri-Gonikkoppa-Thithimathi-Mysuru route, release said.

Fisherman’s body recovered

Malappuram: The body of a fisherman, who went missing in the sea off Ponnani, was recovered on Thursday. Kuttyamunte Purakkal Hamza, 65, of Tanur went missing after his fibre boat capsized at Ponnani on Wednesday. The body washed ashore at Chavakkad on Thursday. Hamza’s family will be given financial assistance of C20 lakh. C10 lakh will be given from Fishermen Welfare Fund Board.

Arts garden in Pattambi submerged

Palakkad: In Pattambi, the folk and traditional arts garden in Thiruvegapura was submerged. The rise in the water level in the Thootha River was the reason for the submerging of the folk art garden. The first phase of the garden had been completed at a cost of C1 crore. There were two landslides near Pothenthode in Kadappara and one in Mannanakayam. The DTPC has imposed a ban on tourists at Adyanpara and Keralakundu waterfalls.

Earth slips at Cheerakkuzhi, Kuthiran

Thrissur: Two houses were partially destroyed in a minor earth slip at Cheerakkuzhi on Thursday early morning. The houses of Kalarikkal Manoj and Thattil Jimmy were destroyed partially as a rock fell on the buildings. Meanwhile, in the heavy rain an electric post fell on a school bus at Palakkal Angadi in Thrissur Town on Thursday morning. The 22 students of Sacred Heart School escaped unhurt.

1 drowns, families evacuated in Malappuram

Malappuram: One person died and another went missing as rain wreaked havoc in Malappuram on Thursday. Landslides and flash floods were also reported in different parts of the district.  Mohammed Suneer, 23, drowned Pulpatta near Manjeri when he ventured into a stream to see the flash flood and he accidently fell into it. Several families were evacuated in the district following landslides.

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