State Gets That Sinking Feeling Again

Published: 24th August 2014 06:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th August 2014 06:53 AM   |  A+A-


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Heavy rain lashing  the state over the last few days  claimed seven lives on Satur - day, taking the overall death  toll in monsoon rain-related  incidents to 103. While four  deaths were reported till Satur - day morning, three more were  reported in the afternoon, di - saster management officials  said. Heavy rain destroyed 16  houses and caused partial dam - age to 89 others on Saturday,  with the total loss estimated at  Rs 61.59 lakh.

Crops spread over  an area of 356.38 hectares were  destroyed causing a loss of  Rs Rs 7.63 crore. In the wake of heavy rain, 27  relief camps have been opened  across the state - 14 in Thiru - vananthapuram, five in  Wayanad, four in Kollam, and  two each in Pathanamthitta  and Kottayam. The National  Disaster Response Force per - sonnel have been told to be on  standby and will be deployed  in case the need arises, disaster  management officials said. District Collectors in most of  the districts have asked emer - gency response teams to be on  alert following an advisory  from the Kerala State Disaster  Management Authority about  possible landslides and floods.

On Saturday, very heavy rain - fall of 18 cm was reported from  Punalur (Kollam), Ponnani  (Malappuram) and Kuruda - mannil (Pathanamthitta). Ary - ankavu (Kollam) and Ko - zhikode recorded 17 cm of rain.  Due to incessant heavy rain of  up to 10 cm in Thiruvanan - thapuram district, houses in  low-lying areas were totally  submerged in water. ‘’Shutters of Aruvikkara and  Peppara dams have been  opened as a precautionary  measure. Emergency teams are  on standby and there is no  cause for panic,” said P B Push - palata, Deputy Collector (Di - saster Management), Thiru - vananthapuram. In Kozhikode district, one  person died and around 120  houses remained submerged in  the heavy downpour. While  eight houses were damaged;  one was fully destroyed.

In Kottayam, water levels in  Meenachil and Kodoor rose,  inundating several houses in  the low-lying areas of the dis - trict. A 30-metre stretch of  road was destroyed in the land - slip on the Vaikom-Vechoor  route. Flash floods were re - ported from Thekkekara and  Manackachira areas on the  Alappuzha-Changanassery  Highway. In Kollam, relief  camps have been opened across  seven villages and 363 families  were shifted to these camps.  The Idukki dam’s catchment  area received 4.56 cm of rain - fall on Saturday and the water  level in the dam stood at  2,361.90 ft against its full level  of 2,403 ft. Water level in Mul - laperiyar dam was at 123.90 ft  against its permissible level of  142 ft. While 15 acres of paddy  field under ‘pokkali’ farming  was destroyed in Ezhupunna  panchayat in Alappuzha, a mi - nor landslide engulfed four  acres of agricultural land, three  houses and a road at Puthuk - kad in Palakkad. Forecast: The Meteorologi - cal Department has forecast  heavy rainfall in many parts  of the state till Tuesday morning  


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