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Two missing; crops worth Rs.5 crore destroyed in rain

A 32-member CISF team engaged in rescue work

Holiday declared on Friday and Saturday

KALPETTA: Heavy rain in the district in the past three days caused extensive damage to crops and properties.

Revenue officials said two persons were missing after landslips at Neelimala, near Vaduvanchal, and Kathanpara, near Rippon, in the district on Thursday. They were identified as Alikutty, 65, wife of Vattappambil at Kanthan Para, and Pathrose, 53, of Machukuzhyil at Chithragiri, near Vauvanchal.

Minister for Revenue K.P. Rajendran will visit the district on Friday to assess the damage due to rain.

The officials said nearly 100 landslips occurred at various parts of the district on Thursday. A 32-member CISF team, comprising the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), led by D.S. Rao, inspector executive of the CISF, reached the district on Thursday to assist in rescue operations, Additional District Magistrate K. Vijayan, holding charge of Collector, told The Hindu on Thursday. Another batch of NDRF personnel would reach here on Friday, he added.

46 houses destroyed

He said the people in 49 villages under the Vythiri, Sulthan Bathery and Mananthavadi taluks were the worst affected. As many as 46 houses were destroyed and 379 suffered partial damage in rain-related calamities. The damage to the houses were estimated at Rs.2,095,000. The damage to crops was estimated at Rs.5,74,45000 in 666.24 hectares, sources in the Agriculture Department said. Mr.Vijayan said 3,159 people were shifted to various relief camps in the district. “As many as 50 relief camps and 14 medical units are functioning in the district.” Workers of Kerala State Electricity Board were trying to restore the severed power lines.

A holiday has been declared for educational institutions, except professional colleges, in the district on Friday and Saturday.

The officials said rainfall of 255.3 mm was recorded at Vythiri; 194.4 mm at Mananthavadi; and 138 mm at Sulthan Bathery from 6 a.m. on Wednesday to 6 a.m. on Thursday. The average rainfall in the district was 19.58 cm on the day. Traffic between Kozhikode and Bangalore on the NH-212 was disrupted as the road was inundated at Ponkuzhy near Sulthanbahtery.