Three villages in Poonjar Assembly segment asked to move to relief camps if rain continues

On Saturday there was respite from the heavy rains that lashed the district since Thursday night. However, the cascading effects of the downpour continued with a series of minor landslips, inundation, and damages to crop and property being reported from many areas.

The arrival of flood waters from the high range continued for the second day causing the water level in the canals in the western low-lying areas of the district to rise and bringing along with it debris from afar.

The temporary bridge put up by locals at Kanjiram was the major casualty on Saturday. The debris carried by the flood waters hit the low-level structure, dismantling it in the process.

The temporary bridge was built because the permanent structure was still under construction. The bridge connected Kanjiram and Malarickal, an islet on the Vembanad.

According to district authorities, four relief camps have been opened in the district. The relief camp at Kindangoor houses 13 members from four families while the camps at CNI Lower Primary School, Kottayam, and Sishuvihar at Peroor has accommodated 32 persons from 11 families.

In Meenachil taluk, 10 houses have been reported to be partially damaged. The crop loss in the taluk has been initially put at Rs.25 lakh. There have been reports of a series of minor landslips in Mundakkayam, in Kanjirappally taluk, they said. Meanwhile, Kerala State Disaster Management Authority has put three villages, in Poonjar Assembly segment, under alert following warning from the Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS), Thiruvananthapuram.

The areas that have been put under alert are Vellikkulam and Kaipally areas in Poojar Thekkekara village; Perungalam, and Adivaram areas in Poonjar Nadubhagom village; and Cholamala, Meladukkom and Adukkom areas in Poonjar Vadakkekkara village. According to a press note, people from these localities have been advised to move to relief camps if heavy rains lash for more than one or two hours in the area. On account of rising water levels in the rivers passing through the area, the authority has prohibited boat journeys and fishing in the inland waters till another directive is issued. Those living on the river banks have also been placed under alert. The authority has warned against quarrying in the area till the heavy monsoons subside because there is still a threat of landslides. Tourists have been warned against halting their vehicles near rivulets and waterfalls in the area.