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Flood situation grim in Upper Kuttanad

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360 persons shifted to seven relief camps

The flood situation has turned out to be grim in the low-lying areas of Upper Kuttanad in Thiruvalla taluk on Tuesday.

The swollen rivers, Manimala and Pampa, have breached its banks along many stretches, inundating a good number of human settlements in the low-lying areas. The unabated downpour, coupled with the opening of shutters of the Maniyar dam, has worsened the flood situation in Upper Kuttanad by Tuesday evening.

Not less than 300 families in the low-lying Upper Kuttanad villages of Peringara, Kadapra, Niranom, Nedumpram and parts of Kuttoor panchayat and the Thiruvalla municipality have been affected in the floods. Twenty eight houses at the Karathra colony and Malayitra in Nedumpram panchayat have been inundated. According to official sources, 360 persons from 86 families have been shifted to seven relief camps as on Tuesday afternoon. The worst affected areas in the Upper Kuttanad region have been identified as Amichakari, Kombankari, Valavanaly, Niranom, Thevery, Manakeri, Mundappallay, Peringara, Chakkulathukavu, Alamthuruthy, Kazhuppil colony, and Venpala.

The district administration has opened seven camps, four on Tuesday, in Thiruvalla taluk in view of the growing flood threat. The four new flood relief camps opened on Tuesday are at the Thirumoolapuram community hall, Panchayat community hall at Kallumkal, Communist Party of India (Marxist) office at Kallumkal, and at the Mar Thoma LP School at Thottappuzhasserry.

Many roads in the region have also been submerged in the flood waters. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation has stopped service on the Mepral-Kidangara Road from Tuesday. Traffic has already been suspended on the Niranom-Thevery Road, Mepral-Kidangara Road, Cyclemukku-Thevery Road, Kombankary Road, Amichakary Road, and the Azhiyidathuchira-Mepral Road by Tuesday afternoon.

A few stretches on the Laikkad-Muthoor stretch of the MC Road too have been submerged in the flood waters, causing much hardship to the vehicles on the road. The road has been badly damaged with the formation of big potholes and the Public Works Department is yet to take necessary steps at least to fill the potholes. Traffic block due to the bottleneck caused by the narrow culvert at Pannikkuzhy between Muthoor and Perunthuruthy on the MC Road has been a grave problem for the passengers.

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