Heavy rain wreaks havoc; death toll rises to 8 in state within 3 days
Thiruvananthapuram: As the south-west monsoon strengthened, heavy rain is continuing to wreak havoc across the state. A total of 8 people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state within 3 days.
The body of Sahayaraju (55), one of the missing fisherman from Tamil Nadu, was found in Kollam district.Two other fishermen had managed to swim to safety, the coastal police said.
"The search is on for the remaining two missing fishermen. A Coast Guard ship and two boats of Marine Enforcement are searching for them," a coastal police official told PTI.
The body of Manesh Sebastian, who went missing in the Meenachil river of Kottayam district, was retrieved by the Navy.
Tamil Nadu native Thankavelu (32) was killed after a compound wall collapsed in Kochi.
In Thrissur, a 19-year-old student drowned to death at Puthanchira. The deceased was identified as Vishnu, son of Therkkayil Prakasan.
Meanwhile, a man went missing after a jeep fell into Manakkadavu river from a bridge near Ullikkal in Kannur. Karithadathil Litheesh (30) went missing in the accident.
At the same time, the Indian Meteorological Department has forecast extremely heavy rain till Thursday. The IMD has sounded red alert in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts on Monday.
“Strong winds from Westerly direction with speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely along and off Kerala coast. Sea condition will be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into the sea. High waves in the range of 3.5 - 4.1 meters are forecast during 17:30 hours on 21-07-2019 to 23:30 hours of 23-07-2019 along the coast of Kerala from Pozhiyoor to Kasargod”, alerted IMD.
17 relief camps in state
The Kerala Disaster Management Authority has infotmed that 75 people from 18 families were taken to relief camps. So far, 17 relief camps have been opened in the state. 1142 people from 260 families are accommodated here.
It is reported that two houses were completely destructed in the rain. At the same time, 34 houses partially collapsed.
According to sources of the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority hundreds of houses from coastal areas of the state have been evacuated.
The Central Water Commission website said water in Periyar, Pamba and Chaliyar rivers in the state is rising.
In the northernmost Kasaragod district where red alert has been issued, the maximum rainfall recorded was 9 cm whereas certain places in Kannur received 9.7 cm rain.
The Kariangode river is in spate and has changed its course, flooding 50 houses in the vicinity. People have been shifted to relief camps, sources said.
According to reports, the Madananthesswara Sidhi Vinayaka temple at Madhur has been flooded.
(With added inputs from PTI)