Appachan recollects how he had a narrow escape in landslide that swept away his neighbour's family

Martin's family

Koottickal (Kottayam): Appachan, a native of Kavali in Koottickal could not believe that he just escaped from the mouth of death. On Saturday by 12 pm, Appachan went to Ottalankal Martin’s house who is his neighbour. He was suspicious about the muddy water flowing through both sides of the house. He advised Martin and family to shift from there to come to his house.

However, Martin and his mother Annakutty said that nothing will happen here. After continuous compelling, they said that they would come after having lunch. They sent Appachan back to his house also promising that they would come later. But after some time, Appachan heard a collapsing sound and Martin’s house was swept away in the landslide.

“My husband had seen Martin and family half an hour before the incident. This area was not a landslide-hit area but this is shocking,” said their neighbour Jolly.

Martin’s house was one of the oldest houses in that area. There were 20 houses in the place. Martin's new house was constructed below the old house. The basement of the old house collapsed and fell on the top of the new house.

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