Floods in several areas; rives and canals in spate; 14 more relief camps opened

The torrential rain that lashed the district in the past two days has caused extensive damage to property left many areas flooded.

All rivers and canals in the district are overflowing. Several areas are under water. Most of the houses were damaged when uprooted trees fell over them. The district administration has opened 14 more relief camps to rehabilitate people from flood-hit areas.

Houses and resorts at Athirappilly and Pillappara areas suffered heavy damage in the gush of water from the forest areas. The Kappathode, flowing between Kodassery and Pariyaram panchayats, poses threat of floods in the area. The paddy fields at the Koratty, Metur, Vellanchira areas are also under water.

The overflowing Chalakudy river has created panic among people residing on its banks. Houses were damaged in Chittattukara and Kakkassery. Many houses in Varantharappilly area were marooned in the flood water. The Kurumaly river is overflowing in many areas. A block in the Attappilly Regulator-cum-Bridge created floods at Palappilly, Kannattumpadam, Varantharappilly, Attappilly, Muplium, Vellarampadam and Nanthipulam areas. The fast floods in Karikadavu river caused damage in the neighbouring areas. The tribal settlement in the area is under water. The bridge across the Chokkana river was washed away.

Mambra, Erayamthudi, Pulikkadavu, Nedumuttam, Kochukadavu, Thirutha, Paythururhtu, Vayalar, Kundur, Parayanthuruthu and Pulayanthururhu, Elamthuuhu are also facing the threat of floods. Fifty families at the Muthukulangara Island at Kuzhur panchayat have been stranded.

Meanwhile, 14 more relief camps were opened in the district to rehabilitate the victims of rain fury. In all, 250 people were shifted to the new camps. Steps will be taken to rehabilitate more victims if necessary, District Collectors M.S. Jaya said.

Facilities at the camps are being monitored by the deputy collector. People have been urged to call the control room opened at the collectorate in case of emergency at 0487-2362024.

The relief camps opened in Mukundapuram taluk are: Moorkanad, Porathissery Anganwadi, Porathissery Chachaji Anganwadi, Karalam L.P. School, Parappookkara, Thotippal GLP School, Thottippal KSUP School. In Kodungallur taluk camps were opened at Pullettu Anganwadi, Painur LPS, Perumbadappu GLPS

GLPS Kurumbilavu, C.M. LPS, Pottachira, Thoppe, Oorakam, Panjattupuri J.E.S., Chovvur Mahila Samajam are the relief camps in Thrissur taluk.

In all, 52 houses were damaged in the past 24 hours, according to an official press release.

Meanwhile, the District Collector has cautioned people who go for Balitharpan in water bodies as most of the rivers are overflowing.

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