Frequent landslides at Kurichyar Mala forces people to leave


Aravind C. Prasad

Kurichyar Mala (Wayanad): Large pieces of rocks and lumps of mud on top of the hills are likely to fall down any moment. Though there are 370 houses in Kurichyar Mala, nobody is seen in the place. On Wednesday, local resident Moni came to check on his pet rabbits reared at his house. Later, Mathew and his wife also came to take some clothes. After they all left, the place was deserted again.

Hundreds of houses in the valley are under threat of a disaster. The people left the place as they found the village unsafe for living. This time a landslide occurred in Kurichyar Mala where landslip had occurred last year. When huge rocks fell down from the hilltop, a large trench was formed in a private property. Further landslips are likely to occur any moment.

There is a water puddle above the spot where landslide occurred on August 6. This was followed by several minor and major landslides. The continuous landslips took place from August 8. As the locals already shifted from their houses, no casualties were reported.

Hectares of land was washed away after the landslip occurred. The rocks, logs and slush from Kurichyar Mala reached Pozhuthana which lies many kilometres away from the place. Most number of landslides in Wayanad happened here last year.

Many houses and the LP school were destroyed in mud slip. With the cooperation of locals, the school is presently functioning in a madrassa. People moved from their houses and those who lost their houses permanently shifted from the place. The land is unfit for inhabitation even after rain stopped.

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