1,057 houses completely damaged; 500 rescue personnel engaged in search operations at Puthumala
As per the figures released by the government on Wednesday morning, a total of 95 people had lost their lives across the state in the floods and landslides, triggered by the second spell of monsoon since August 8.
Of the 95 deaths reported, 35 were from Malappuram and 12 from Wayanad, where massive landslides had battered high range villages of Kavalappara and Puthumala.
Over 1.89 lakh people, who were displaced by the floods and landslides have taken refuge in 1,118 camps, the figures said adding 1,057 houses had been completely damaged and 11,159 partially destroyed in the deluge across the state.
Despite inclement weather, search operations are still continuing at Kavalappara, where a series of landslides had wiped out an entire village, to trace those who were suspected to have gone missing.
The search was halted for some time this morning as it started raining, authorities said.
Thirteen earth-movers and 500 odd rescue personnel were engaged in search operations at Puthumala in Wayanad, where another landslide had caused havoc, special officer, U V Jose, said.
Mud and boulders from the hill had washed out an entire settlement in the valley below covering it with 15 feet mud and slush.
Sniffer dogs have been pressed into service and Geographic Information System (GIS) team is expected to reach the area, Jose said.
Chief Minister Vijayan and Congress leader and MP Rahul Gandhi had toured the worst affected districts of Malappuram and Wayanad. PTI