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Wading through rainwater: A flooded road at Chelakkara in Thrissur district.
Wading through rainwater: A flooded road at Chelakkara in Thrissur district.

Staff Reporter

250 people shifted to five relief camps in the district; one dead

Thrissur: Torrential rain that lashed the district in the past two days has paralysed normal life. Many low-lying areas were inundated as canals and rivers overflowed. Hundreds of houses were damaged in strong winds that also uprooted trees. The District Collector on Friday declared a holiday for educational institutions other than professional colleges.

A man was electrocuted at Mukundapuram. Unnichekkan, son of Karappan of Padanna colony, died after he came to contact with a snapped power line. In another incident, a six-year-old boy was reported missing at Painkulam village in Thalappilly taluk. The search is on for Nakul, son of Thanissery Nandakumar, a first standard student at S.N. School in Shoranur.

Shutters of the Asuran Kundu dam at Chelakkara village were opened as the dam reached its full capacity. Traffic along Chelakkara and Thonnorkara roads was disrupted as the roads were flooded. Many houses were flooded as Bharathapuzha breached the banks.

About 250 people were shifted to the five relief camps that were opened in the district. In Kodungalloor taluk, a two-storied building collapsed. No casualty was reported.

The Revenue Department had estimated a loss of Rs.4.5 lakh in Kodungalloor taluk. Traffic along the National Highway was disrupted. Extensive crop loss was reported across the district. In all, 829 people were admitted with fever to various hospitals in the district on Friday, according to health officials. Two jaundice cases were reported.

District Collector V.K. Baby directed officials to review safety of public institution buildings such as hospitals, schools, hostels and anganvadis.

The Collector visited Kuthiran as there were reports about cracks on the iron bridge. He said that an expert committee will examine the bridge later as there was no immediate threat.

Deputy Collectors will monitor the relief works at the taluk level. Health officials were asked to take preventive measures against possible outbreak of epidemics.

Lalur residents’ woes

The woes of those who live in and around Lalur, the corporation’s 4.53 hectare waste disposal site, worsened on Friday as water from the disposal site seeped into their houses.

Lalur Malineekarana Virudha Samara Samithy vice-chairman Raghunath Kazhungil said three houses were filled with water flowing from the waste. “Residents of a house have been shifted to another place,” he said.

After the Samithy threatened to block vehicles carrying waste to Lalur, some of them are being parked on the West Fort-Aranattukara route. The corporation officials visited the place in the past two days and tried to solve the problems.

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