Thiruvananthapuram: The major reason for waterlogging in the capital city is the practice of dumping garbage, including waste from slaughterhouses, in drainages, said district Collector K Gopalakrishnan.
After visiting waterlogged areas at Attakulangara and Karimadam colony, the Collector stated that strict action will be taken against those who dump waste in drainages and other public places. The district Collector also visited waterlogged areas at Chala and Veli.
He informed that the situation in hilly regions are under control and that the irrigation department has alerted locals before raising the shutters of Aruvikkara dam. At the same time, local residents complained that they were not alerted about the dam shutters being raised. Responding to this, the Collector stated that their complaint will be examined.
Five shutters of Aruvikkara dam were opened after the dam's catchment area received heavy rain. Ahead of raising the shutters, the disaster management authority had alerted the people residing close to the dam and Karamanayar river to stay vigilant.
Minor flooding also occurred in Jagathy as Killiyar river was in spate following the rains. In the city, SS Kovil road, Manikandeswaram and bypass were flooded. Though the rain stopped, many places in the capital remained under water.
At the same time, heavy rain is continuing to lash the hilly regions and rural areas in the district.
Chittar and Killiyar rivers will overflow at any time. It is assumed that Killiyar is in spate as heavy rain continues in hilly regions. If heavy rain lashes the urban areas, the whole district will face a major crisis in the coming days.
Meanwhile, crops were widely damaged at Venganoor in Kovalam and Nedumnagand in the rains. Over 25 houses in areas including Manikandeswaram, which are close to rivers were flooded in the rains. Local residents demanded the authorities to take immediate action to resolve the waterlogging.
The natives also raised a complaint on the negligence of the authority to resolve waterlogging during the rains. The IMD has forecasted that heavy rains will continue in the state for the next five days.