Six die as heavy rain batters Kerala

Six deaths were reported in the state on Saturday as rain and wind continued to batter many areas.

Published: 10th June 2018 02:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th June 2018 02:55 AM   |  A+A-

Water being discharged from the Kallarkutty dam after shutters of the reservoir were opened due to heavy rain in the catchment areas of the dam in Idukki on Saturday | Express

By Express News Service

KASARGOD/KOZHIKODE/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Six deaths were reported in the state on Saturday as rain and wind continued to batter many areas. Two persons died in Kasargod. One person died at Chaliyam in Kozhikode. A woman died as a coconut tree fell on her at Neyyattinkara in Thiruvananthapuram.

A man died after a wall collapsed on him in Kannur. Another person died after he was swept away in the strong currents in the Pampa river at Thalavadi in Alappuzha. There was widespread damage in the heavy winds and rain that continued unabated across the state. 

Rain fury in capital dist
Heavy rain and strong wind which intermittently lashed Thiruvananthapuram district on Saturday brought trees and electric poles crashing down at several locations. The trees have fallen at as many as 45 locations in the district. A 45-year-old housewife was killed near her residence at Neyyattinkara after a coconut tree, which got uprooted due to gusty winds, fell over her. The power supply was also disrupted at various places in district due to broken power lines. 

At Vellayambalam near Raj Bhavan, a tree fell down on the road causing traffic disruption for hours. At Mannanthala, two trees situated at opposite sides fell on the MC road and blocked the stretch for hours.  At Kazhakoottam, two trees fell on NH 66 near the police station and Al-Saj convention centre. 
Many trees fell down at Enikkara, Thozhuvancode, Chalakuzhy, Technopark, Thampuran mukku, Oolampara, Peroorkada, and Valiyathura.  

A hut at Valiyathura fishermen hamlet was damaged after a coconut tree fell over it.  In rural limits, the trees have been uprooted at a curve enroute Ponmudi,  Attingal, Chirayinkeezhu, Kadakkavoor, Naruvamoodu, Valiyela, Neyyattinkara, Aryancode. 

According to the weather forecast, the state will experience widespread rain and isolated heavy showers in the next 48 hours. The police have issued alert messages to all the police stations to start rescue operations coordinating with Fire and Rescue team, civic authorities and revenue department. The coastal regions bore the brunt of the strong wind. The fishermen suffered severe damage to their properties due to sea erosion. 

Two persons, including a four-year-old girl, drowned in Kasargod district on Saturday. Fathima Sainaba, 4, of Kanhangad was found dead in a rain-fed pond near her house.  In another incident, the body of a man that was washed away in the Payaswini river, was found near Kuntar river. The deceased is Chinnappa Nayak, 62.

In Kozhikode,  a 60-year-old woman died when a tree fell on her, at Chaliyam. The deceased is Khadeeja Kutty. In Thiruvananthapuram, a 45-year-old woman died at Neyyattinkara after a coconut tree, that got uprooted in the wind, fell on her.  In Alappuzha, a man drowned in the Pampa at Thalavadi. The deceased is Vijayakumar. At Macheri in Kannur, a man died after a wall collapsed on him. Padinjarayil Gangadharan is the deceased.


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