ALAPPUZHA: Alappuzha is reeling under one of the worst floods in the district in the last 16 years, with 1,34,000 people being evacuated to 664 relief camps in Kuttanad, Mavelikara and Chengannur taluks.
Till Friday, 212 houses have been completely damaged and 9,494 houses partially damaged.
Strong currents aided by increased water flow from the high ranges along with non-stop rain shattered bunds at several areas in Kuttanad, damaging paddy worth crores of rupees and sweeping off an entire house in Kainakary. Estimates of agricultural damage have been pegged at around Rs.7 crore.
In Kainakary, Aaarupanku and Cherukayal paddy fields and houses alongside the canals in the area were among the worst affected, with water rising to more than six feet in some areas. The brick house of Aaarupankukara Baby was swept away, taking along with it several huge trees.
The brutality of the waters has now started troubling even relief camps in Kainakary.
In several camps and gruel centres here, people have to sit on top of desks, unable to cook the free rations supplied by the Government. Cooperation Minister G. Sudhakaran, who visited the camps by boat this morning, said plans were afoot to re-shift these camps to the Alappuzha town.