KAKKANAD: The death toll in monsoon-related calamities in the district rose to six, according to the District Disaster Management sources. The highest number of deaths was reported from Paravur and Kanayannur taluks with two casualties each. The other two deaths were reported from Aluva and Kothamangalam.
Owing to the emergency situation, the district administration has opened a relief camp at Chennamangalam under Paravur taluk to relocate rain-hit families. So far twenty people from six families have been shifted to the camp. They include eight children, six men and six women.
Besides, the district also witnessed heavy losses in the agricultural sector. The data accessed from the Agriculture Department states that the estimated crop loss has touched Rs 66.64 crore so far. Crops like nutmeg, banana, arecanut, rubber and tapioca are the worst-affected in the rain. As per the data, the worst damage was caused to banana crops. In all 74,785 plantains were destroyed in the heavy rain and winds. Over 4,000 rubber trees got uprooted as the rain and winds wreaked havoc on rubber plantations. Besides, crops like pepper, tapioca and paddy, and vegetables suffered a huge blow.
The rain and winds also damaged five houses completely and 47 houses partially. The estimated loss as per the government norms is Rs 11 lakh. The worst-affected areas are Chennamangalam, Thuravoor and Fort Kochi.