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Water, water everywhere: A man putting together a raft in the rain-ravaged Upper Kuttanad village of Perunthuruthy, near Thiruvalla, in Pathanamthitta district on Friday.
Water, water everywhere: A man putting together a raft in the rain-ravaged Upper Kuttanad village of Perunthuruthy, near Thiruvalla, in Pathanamthitta district on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Power supply to many Upper Kuttanad villages remains disrupted for the fifth day on Friday

PATHANAMTHITTA: After a day’s respite, torrential rain resumed in many parts of the district on Friday, posing a flood threat to more areas, especially in Upper Kuttanad.

The few families who returned from the relief camps on Thursday afternoon started going back on Friday when water began to rise in Kallumkal and surrounding areas on the banks of the Manimala river. A house was destroyed and 19 others were damaged in the district in the floods.

The Upper Kuttanad villages of Kadapra, Peringara, Mepral, Niranom, Chathankary and Muttar continued to be flooded. Power supply to many of them remained disrupted for the fifth day on Friday. People move along the flooded roads, lanes and courtyards in country boats and rafts made of bamboo poles and banana trunks.

District Collector Ashok Kumar Singh said 10,553 people, including 2,134 children, had been shifted to 87 flood-relief camps till afternoon.

The district administration opened four more relief camps in Thiruvalla taluk on Friday, raising the number of camps in the taluk to 50. A total of 5,637 people belonging to 1,101 families had been shifted to these relief camps till afternoon.

The Collector visited the camps at Ayranikkudy, Mulambuzha and Mangarm in Pandalam to take stock of the situation there.

Mr. Singh said 21 houses were destroyed and 707 others partially damaged till Friday. An official assessment put crop loss in land measuring 355.92 hectares in the district at Rs 5.64 crore.

He said six persons were killed in natural calamities in the district since January 1. Property and crop loss was estimated at Rs 10.41 crore.

In Kottayam

The monsoon, on a lull on Thursday, returned in full fury on Friday even as the inflow of water from the Western Ghats continued unabated.

All major rivers breached banks flooding the western low lying areas. Road traffic in these areas were paralysed. Power and drinking water supply was also disrupted.

The worst affected were the western areas of Kottayam, Changanassery and Vaikom taluks. District

authorities opened two more relief camps taking the total number of camps to 52 in the district.

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