Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: Schools and colleges, except professional institutions, in the district will remain closed consecutively for the fifth day on Saturday. Collector Sumana N. Menon declared a holiday for the educational institutions on Saturday owing to the recent floods.

Many schools are functioning as relief camps for the flood evacuees. The body of Kailas, a construction worker from Orissa, will be flown home on Saturday. Indian’s flight IC-926 leaving Calicut International Airport at Karipur at 8 a.m. on Saturday will carry Kailas’ body to Chennai. From there, it will be taken to Bhubaneswar.

The Collector will receive the body in Bhubaneswar and hand it over to Kailas’ relatives. Kailas, who drowned in a canal near Kondotty on Tuesday night, belonged to the Hajoripuri village in Ganjan district. The State Government will meet the expenses for transporting the flood victim’s body. Kailas’s brother Pratap Kumar will accompany the body. The district administration will give Rs.50,000 to the widow of Kailas. Ten people had lost their lives in two days of torrential rain, floods and landslips in the district, raising this year’s monsoon toll to 20. Hundreds of houses, mostly on the banks of the Kadalundipuzha, were submerged in floodwaters and thousands of people evacuated to safety. The district witnessed the worst floods and destruction in recent memory.

The district administration estimated a loss of Rs.44.82 lakh. According to official figures, 197 houses were damaged and crops in 76.1 hectares destroyed. More than 4,600 people in 55 villages were displaced by the floods. Nearly 3,000 people were still in relief camps on Friday. Thirteen medical teams were functioning for the flood affected people.

As much as Rs.6.75 lakh was disbursed to the kin of those killed in the floods and landslips, said an official press note here on Friday.

Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy on Friday visited the home of two children who died in a landslip at Edavanna. Meanwhile, several Adivasi areas in the Urangattiri panchayat affected by rain and landslips were yet to get succour from the Government.

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