Drainages in Pathanamthitta, Pandalam, Ranni clogged

The incessant rain that has been lashing the region since the past one week has badly damaged almost all roads in the district.

The roads leading to Sabarimala, which were repaired a few weeks ago, were the worst-affected ones. The Pathanamthitta - Mannarakulanji - Chalakkayam main trunk road leading to Sabarimala has been severely damaged in many stretches, especially at Mylapra, Mannarakulanji, Narikkuzhy and Vadasserikkara. Potholes were developed on the Chalakkayam-Pampa stretch of the road maintained by the Travancore Devaswom Board. This, coupled with the collapse of the protection walls, had made travel on many a road in the district hazardous. Small vehicles carrying pilgrims faced the threat of trapping in the ditches formed on the rain-ravaged roads.

The condition of Pathanamthitta - Adoor Road and Kaipattoor - Pandalam Road was also very bad.

Clogged drainages

Almost all drainages in the towns of Pathanamthitta, Pandalam and Ranni have been clogged leading to floods in several areas. Additional District Magistrate H. Salimraj said the district administration had directed the Public Works Department to take immediate steps to clear the drainages.

Several shops at the Stadium junction in Pathanamthitta and in Pandalam town were flooded in the incessant rain on Tuesday.

The Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samiti unit here urged the government to pay adequate compensation to the traders whose shops were flooded following the clogging of drainages in the town.

In a statement, Peelipose Thomas, UDF district convener, called upon the government to extend immediate relief to the tribal settlement at Kurambanmoozhy that has been isolated with washing away of the Manakkayam causeway in the recent floods.

Meanwhile, the Agriculture Department has assessed the crop loss due to the recent rain and floods in the district at Rs.61 lakh, according to an official release.

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