Incessant rain continued to leave a trail of disaster across the district on Thursday, claiming a life, damaging several houses, and inundating thoroughfares in the capital city. At least two persons were injured in separate incidents.

Disaster began its run from midnight, with a small hill collapsing atop a house at Kanjiramkulam, bringing a portion of it down on its residents, killing a woman, Omana, 50, in her sleep and injuring her husband, Babu, 55. Their son, asleep in another room, alerted the neighbours who had to toil for an hour to get the couple out from underneath the debris.

One person, Shanavaz, sustained head injuries when a building collapsed atop him at Balaramapuram around 12.30 p.m. on Thursday. At Neyyattinkara, Sugathan, a lineman with the KSEB, suffered serious burns from electric shock while repairing a power supply line near the Neyyattinkara Girls’ High School. Sugathan, who was trapped atop the pole, was rescued by the Fire and Rescue Services personnel and shifted a hospital.

Houses damaged

Three houses were partially damaged in Kudappanakunnu. In Pettah, a tree fell on a house. At least 16 houses were damaged at Anavur, Athiyannoor, Chengal, Karumkulam and Pallichal in Neyyattinkara taluk. In Karumkulam, Revenue authorities helped six families relocate to their relatives’ houses after their houses were flooded. Eleven houses were partially damaged in Chirayinkeezhu, while 15 houses were damaged in Varkala, mostly near Chemmaruthi. Authorities were planning to open a relief camp for coastal residents near the Papanasham beach.

In the city, trees were uprooted at several points. While thoroughfares at Thampanoor, SS Kovil road, and Attakulangara saw water rising almost up to the knee level, uprooted trees brought traffic to a standstill near East Fort.


When the sky opened its windowsMay 9, 2014