Two Mathrubhumi News reporters go missing in Mundar floods

In a tragic incident, two of Mathrubhumi News channel’s four-member reporting team, who were returning after covering monsoon-affected people’s plight, went missing in Kariyar River at Mundar.

Published: 24th July 2018 05:10 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 05:10 AM   |  A+A-


Flood image used for representational purpose.

By Express News Service

KOTTAYAM: In a tragic incident, two of Mathrubhumi News channel’s four-member reporting team, who were returning after covering monsoon-affected people’s plight, went missing in Kariyar River at Mundar, after the country boat they were travelling in capsized on Monday.

Local residents managed to rescue chief reporter KB Sreedharan, 29, and cameraman Abhilash S Nair, 29, but Mathrubhumi daily’s stringer Saji, 46, and car driver Bibin got caught in the heavy currents. The accident occurred at around 1.30 pm close to the place where Kariyar and Ezhumanthuruthu Kayal merges at Mundar in the Kallara grama panchayat near Vaikom.

According to the police, the team was returning after visiting a relief camp set up in Parayil Colony. Ferryman Abhilash, 40, was also saved and the three were admitted to a private hospital at Muttuchira near Kaduthuruthy. Reports from the hospital said their condition is stable.

Kottayam dist limps back to normal; losses pegged at Rs 42 crore

Giving major relief to the flood-stricken people, the water receded from most of the low-lying areas in the western parts of the district, a week after torrential rainfall inundated thousands of acres between Kottayam municipality and Vaikom.

By Monday, the flood-hit areas started limping back to normalcy as the water drained from several houses. According to the district administration, as many as 40 relief camps were closed on Monday and 9,083 people from 2,402 families returned to their homes. Now, 17,034 people from 4,622 families are inhabiting 70 camps.

While the families were happy to return to their homes, tough times lie for them ahead, as many of them lost their furniture, home appliances and other household items to the flood, while a large number of houses were damaged and deposited with mud and silt. With foodgrain, vegetables and other eatables getting washed away in the flood, the residents now have to depend on the government machinery for survival. Meanwhile, water was yet to recede from various areas of Vaikom taluk, which was hit the worst.

The cumulative losses the state incurred across various sectors so far due to the flood was estimated to be approximately Rs 42 crore. The agriculture sector was hit the worst, incurring a total loss of Rs 32 crore till now, said Rejimol Mathew, principal agriculture officer.

“The loss could reach Rs 50 crore as a majority of the cultivated paddy fields are still under water. We had ‘Virippu’ cultivation in a total of 5,900 hectares in the district, of which 3,000 hectares have been completely destroyed, leading to a loss of Rs 14 crore.

The rest of the area is still flooded and chances for its retrieval are less,” Rejimol said. Plantain cultivation on 175 acres, vegetables cultivated on 190 hectares, and rubber cultivation on 25 hectares was also destroyed in the floods, she said.

Following the damage to roads, the Public Works Department suffered a loss of Rs 5 crore, while the Irrigation Department and Animal Husbandry Department suffered losses worth Rs 1.29 crore and Rs 1.2 crore, respectively.

KSEB incurred a loss of Rs 86 lakh, while the housing sector suffered losses to the tune of Rs 62 lakh as two houses were completely destroyed while 238 houses were partially destroyed in the district. The loss estimate of the Kerala Water Authority was Rs 14.05 lakh and that of the Fisheries Department was Rs 5 lakh.


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  • sankar gopakumar

    It is very sad to hear of the incident. It appears they did not wear any safety gadget. Persons in factories should wear safety shoes, helmet, hand gloves, etc. Similarly anyone goes to waters should wear life jacket and the boat should have life buoy. It is the responsibility of every boat owner to insist to have the above safety gadgets for anyone travelling in their boat. Press Reporters should definitely take adequate precautions in such areas.
    3 years ago reply
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