Nilambur: The major flood-related calamity occurred at Kavalappara in Nilambur where as many as 10 bodies have been recovered. Army has reached the place on Sunday morning to help in rescue mission. A search is on by removing the mud and cutting down the trees. As the skies have started clearing by Sunday morning, rescue efforts are intensifying with the help of the native people.
10 people have died in the catastrophe. The landslide occurred within a one-kilometre area at around 8 pm on Friday, and the heavy rains are hampering rescue operations.
The bodies of 9 people were recovered from the mudslide at Kavalappara as of now. But doubts remain as it looks like the rescue would easily take more than a week. Rescue efforts began from Sunday morning with the help of Army and local people to evacuate as many as 200 people who are trapped at Vaaniyampuzha.
Even in Wayanad, skies have started to clear and major destruction was reported from the district. Rescue efforts are continuing in Puthumala in Meppadi where landslide occurred. Authorities said 9 more people are still to be located. With scanty rains on Sunday, it looks like the rescue efforts may intensify.
Red alert has been issued in Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod. Orange alert was issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and the KSDMA issued alerts to the common people to exercise caution while going out.
Rains may abate from Sunday onwards. Many parts of several districts have seen scanty rain from Saturday evening itself. Water has started receding from several houses at Nilambur.
At Vadakara in Kozhikode, a body of a man who went missing in the flash floods was located on Sunday morning. The deceased has been identified as Hasil, son of Abdulla from Paravapoyyal.
KSRTC has stopped services on Munnar-Alappuzha, Chertala-Kumarakam, Alappuzha-Changanassery route. Water logging is seen in Perinthalmanna-Kozhikode, Malappuram-Manjeri, Tirur-Malappuram, Thirunavaya-Kuttippuram, Ponnani-Chamravattam, Valanchery-Pattambi roads. Road blocks were also seen in hilly regions of Malappuram.