20 killed in landslides and heavy rains in Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: At least 20 people were killed as heavy rains and landslides hit parts of Kerala early today, officials said.
According to the disaster control room sources, 11 people were killed in landslides in Idukki, five in Malappuram, two in Kannur, one in Palakkad and one in Wayanad district. Three persons are missing - one each in Wayanad, Palakkad and Kozhikode districts.
Due to heavy rains and resultant floods in Kozhikode and Wayanad districts, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been moved to Kozhikode. Two teams have been sought from the Centre for north Kerala. Educational institutions have declared a holiday in Idukki, Kollam and some other districts due to the rains.
In a tragic incident, five members of a family were killed in the mudslide at Adimali in Idukki. Two people were also killed in landslide at Periyar valley.
The mudslide befell on the house of Puthankunnel Hassan Koya located near the national highway in Adimali-Munnar route.There were seven persons in the house during the mishap.
Hassan Koya’s wife Fathima, son Mujeeb, his wife Shameena, their children Diya Fathima and Diya Sana were killed in the accident. Hassan Koya and his relative Sainudeen survived with injuries.
The mudslide occurred around 2 in the morning followed by heavy rain. Incessant rain is lashing the area from Wednesday.
Two persons died in a landslide that occurred in Periyar Valley in Kanjikkuzhi of Idukki. The deceased were identified as Koodakkunnel Agasti and his wife Elikkutty. The mishap took place in the wee hours of Thursday. The bodies were recovered later.
In Malappuram district, five people were killed after they were washed away in flash floods following landslide. Fire and Rescue personnel are carrying out rescue operations here.
Landslide was also reported at Kalikavu, Nilambur and Karuvarakundu regions. Many families went isolated in various places. Traffic was completely interrupted in Nilambur.
Landslide occurred near Vythiri police station in Wayanad, almost partially destroying it. The station interiors were half covered by mud.
Three houses were completely destroyed by rain in Laksham Veedu colony in Vythiri and seven houses were partially destroyed. Mudslide continues in the area. One person was killed in the mudslide.
Various parts of Wayanad district submerged. Two shutters of Banasura sagar dam has been opened. A flood warning has been issued for area near the dam. 21 relief camps have been opened in the district.
In Kozhikode, a river is in full spate and is overflowing into residential areas of Kannappankundu and one person went missing. The person who swept away in flash floods here was identified as Kannappankundu native Rajeesh.
The river is overflowing and changes direction every 15 metres by reating flash floods in the human settlements. Many houses were damaged here.
Meanwhile, traffic was completely disrupted at 9th hairpin curve on Thamarassery Ghat Road due to mudslide and it may take at least 2 days for the authorities to clear the debris from the road.
Most of the travelers are trapped at the Thamarassery ghat road. Earlier disruption was reported at Paalchuram and Kuttiyadi ghat road leading to Wayanad.