Staff Reporter

Widespread damage to property; several roads submerged

KOZHIKODE: Incessant rain that lashed the district on Friday brought life virtually to a standstill for more than six hours in the morning.

The continuous rains that started from Thursday night inundated low-lying areas of the city and suburbs and caused widespread damage to property. Several roads in the city were submerged in the sporadic rains that showed some signs of subsiding towards the afternoon.

The rural areas of the district particularly at Unnikulam and Koyilandy were also not insulated from the hardships. All arrangements have been made to evacuate the affected people to safe places in case of any eventualities, said P.S. Mohammed Sagir, Revenue Divisional Officer.

Thadambattuzham junction and its adjoining areas of Vengeri were the worst affected in the city. A few areas of Kunnammal and Panicker’s Road were submerged under water.

School children faced the biggest challenge to reach homes in the evening. Some of the schools declared a holiday. But those who reached school in the morning had to wade through the muddy waters back home.

One person was seriously injured in an accident involving a speeding bus and mini lorry at Pavangad Junction in the morning. A jackfruit tree on the road in front of the Mental Health Institute at Kuthiravattom resulting in road blocks in the area. It also delayed supply of food to the patients at the hospital. A coconut tree was uprooted on the Bank road in front of the Fatima Hospital. No major causalities have been reported.

Personnel attached to the Department of Fire and Rescue Services had to put in their services at Chelanoor and Chelapram. The bund at Chelanoor broke submerging the houses in the vicinity. However the personnel were unable to open the shutters of the canals at Chelapram after it began to overflow.

Residential areas in the city were affected on account of the water-logging on streets. People had to stay indoors in places such as Jawahar Nagar Colony. The ongoing renovation of road from Eranhipalam- Arayadathupalam has been attributed to water logging in these areas. The authorities have not constructed a culvert for the water to flow, a resident said.

Karaparamba Junction was flooded with water for many hours. The People’s Road, East Hill Road, P.M. Kutty Road, Mavoor Road and Beach Road were flooded leaving vehicular movement in a disarray.

A majority of the shops and commercial shops remained closed. Electric cables were severed at many places leading to power failure in many neighbourhoods.

The failure of the Corporation to engage the 400-odd contingent staff to de-silt the drains is a major cause of flooding in low-lying areas of the city. Besides unbridled construction activities on several roads had led to these problems during a heavy rain, said P.A. Jaiprakash, a resident at East Hill.