Vanimel: Vanimelpuzha was flowing calmly and gracefully like any other beautiful rivers in Kerala. But human intervention changed it into a death trap and even forced the river to change its course.
With the increase in illegal sand mining and river bank encroachment in Vanimelpuzha, the number of accidental deaths are also surging.
Recently, Muhammed Rishad of Cherumoth died after being caught in the currents of the river. The number of such deaths are increasing at Paakkoyi, Vanimel bridge area, Cherumoth, Vishnumangalam bund area and Puliyavu regions.
The currents have strengthened following river encroachment and sand mining. Huge trenches have been formed even at naturally shallow regions of the river.
Though the Panchayat announced various schemes to revive the river, nothing has been implemented efficiently.