Rain wreaks havoc, claims four lives in Kerala on Saturday; whirlwind in Thrissur

Kozhikode: The monsoon rain wreaks havoc in Kerala. Four deaths were reported in the state on Saturday. Besides, Kozhikode district alone has recorded a loss of at least Rs 10 cr. Quoting the weatherman, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said heavy rains would continue for the next five days and cautioned people living in hilly regions to remain vigilant. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued an yellow alert to eight northern districts - Idukki, Thrissur, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad, Kannur and Kasaragod.

Cheruvannoor native Muhammad Mirshad (13) and Edachery native Abhilash (40) were drowned in two separate incidents in Kozhikode. Mirshad was returning home after Madrasa class when his bicycle lost control and fell into the Valiyaparamba pond. Abhilash fell into a pond filled with algae at Alissery.

In Kasaragod, a coconut tree fell on class 8 student, Shaun Aaron Crasta (12), resulting in his death. In Wayanad, a native was killed as the surrounding wall collapsed.

Mullaperiyar dam has issued the first warning as the water level is increasing. Idukki district Collector told PTI that a first warning was received from Tamil Nadu with regard to the water- level in Mullaperiyar Dam. "As of now, the water-level is at 135.45 feet. We have already alerted the officials concerned. We have opened a control room," Collector said.

Four floodgates of the Malampuzha dam were raised by 30 cm each to maintain the water level.

In Malappuram, Valarad Thonnankadavu bridge was immersed in the overflowing Olippuzha. Trees have fallen onto several houses in the district.

Malappuram district Collector V R Premkumar urged people living on the banks of Mukkaipuzha, Kallathi and Bharathapuzha rivers flowing through the district to be on alert.

The residents on the banks of Chaliyar river and Korapuzha in Kozhikode district were asked to be on high alert after the shutters of Kakkayam Dam were lifted since Wednesday. Authorities imposed a strict ban on tourists visiting Kakkayam Dam site.

Official sources said the water-levels in Karapuzha and Banasurasagar dams in Wayanad district were steadily rising.

The catchment areas of these dams were receiving unprecedented rains since for few days taking the water level to its maximum.

Thiruvathra in Chavakkad witnessed a whirlwind. Thrissur had witnessed the storm in the last two days as well.

Heavy vehicles are banned from the Attappady ghat road till Tuesday in the wake of the continuing rains. People are asked to remain vigilant while travelling through Thamarassery, Kutyadi ghat roads.

Massive flooding is reported in the eastern belts of these districts. Many people were shifted to rescue shelters. Many house in the coastal belt were partially damaged in the gusty winds and massive rains.

CM said 24 relief camps were opened across various districts and over 1,200 people accommodated there.

"In this monsoon season, 73 houses were completed destroyed and 1,186 partially damaged. Twenty people lost their lives and nine were injured till now. One person is missing," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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