Heavy rain disrupts Sabarimala pilgrimage; Achankovil river overflowing

C K Abhilal/ Mathrubhumi News

Many roads from Nooranad, Charummoodu and Kayamkulam areas are blocked at various places.

Pathanamthitta: As devotees were allowed to enter Sabarimala from Tuesday, traffic on the roads will be difficult due to heavy rains. Many roads to Sabarimala have collapsed due to heavy rains. Achankovil river is overflowing in many places. In addition, small streams and canals are also overflowing.

Pathanamthitta district has received intermittent heavy rains. Hence the roads may face traffic jam including major highways. The Pandalam-Pathanamthitta-Mavelikkara road has been flooded in several places. This is one of the main roads used by the Sabarimala pilgrims. It is a custom that devotees visit the Pandalam Valiyakoikkal Sastha Temple and then visit Sabarimala. Traffic has been disrupted on the Pandalam-Pathanamthitta road at Kadakkad due to rain.

Many roads from Nooranad, Charummoodu and Kayamkulam areas are blocked in several places. Many villages in the coastal areas of Achankovil such as Iraman, Pramadam, Thumpamon, Muttam and Kudassanad are also flooded. The small roads in the area too are waterlogged.

On the way from Pandalam to Mavelikkara, traffic was disrupted due to floods at Ayranimuttam and Mudiyoorkonam areas. Water entered the godown of the Medical Services Corporation at Adoor and lakhs of rupees worth medicines had gone useless.

There is a possibility of landslides and roadblocks due to a tree fall on the Sabarimala road. All equipment like PWD’s JCB has been kept ready for removing blockages.

The number of people who have booked through the virtual queue is 8,000 for Tuesday. The state government has directed the district administration to take necessary steps to control the number of devotees.

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