Staff Reporter

Ghat Road being cleared; Chembukadavu safe

Four earthmovers deployed to remove boulders

Tea, coffee plantations hit in Wayanad

Kozhikode: Debris dumped on Ghat Road in Wednesday’s landslip is being cleared slowly as vehicular traffic resumed on one of its lanes opened up on Thursday.

The four earthmovers deployed are struggling to lift the heavy rocks and mud off the road in the continuing heavy rain and thick fog.

Policemen on the site said that the machines could not clear all the debris by 5 p.m. on Thursday, the deadline set by Collector P.B. Salim.

Traffic on the single lane was light as the National Highway was blocked at Thakarakizhi in Kozhikode.

Normality returned to Chembukadavu, another landslip and waterlogging site. In Wayanad district, several low-level areas in and around Vythiri and Kalpetta were submerged after rivers and streams breached their banks.

Swollen river

At Anothu near Vythiri, banana plantations were destroyed and roads inundated by the swollen Thallipuzha. Tea and coffee plantations at Pozhuthana went under water that rushed from the nearby hills.

Local people said Anothu had not witnessed flooding anytime in the recent past, though the area had witnessed much heavier rains.

At Munderi, near Kalpetta, several colonies predominantly populated by Adivasis were submerged.

As many as 2,100 people have been moved to camps at the Government Vocational Higher Secondary School there since Wednesday as the water continued to rise. The school will remain closed till Friday.

“The displaced people are being provided food, but the roofs are leaking here and they are drenched,” said a relief volunteer at the camp. “It is very cold and I fear that a viral outbreak will start here.”