Staff Reporter

112 houses damaged; holiday declared for educational institutions today

KOZHIKODE: Two persons were killed on Thursday in the heavy rains that lashed the district causing widespread damage to properties and crops.

The body of Kannan, 70, of Kavilumpara village here was found floating in the river Paikkalangadi near Thottilapalam. Sivadasan, 36, a construction worker was killed when the house on which he was working collapsed in heavy rain at Kuttichira near here.

As many as 112 houses were partially destroyed resulting in an estimated loss of Rs.11.85 lakh in the district. One house was completely destroyed causing.

Though the rain mostly affected the hilly areas of the district, Kozhikode city too received heavy rainfall on Thursday.

Many of the low-lying areas were flooded. The extent of damage and loss to agriculture has not been estimated yet.

District Collector P.B. Salim declared a holiday for educational institutions, excluding professional colleges, on Friday.

Meanwhile, four companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) under the National Disaster Management Authority reached Kozhikode from Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. Each company has 32 personnel.

Two companies were despatched to Wayanad, while one went to Nilambur in Malappuram. Another company is camping in Thamarassery in the district.

Mr. Salim, who visited the flood-affected areas in the district including Kodiyathur and Cheruvadi, said that rains had caused heavy loss in 16 villages. Maruthonkara, Purameri, Panthalode, Koothali, Nellipoyil, Puthur, Elathur, Rarorath, Kakkad, Kodiyathur, Ingapuzha, Puthupadi, Kodencherry, Vavad, Velam and Kottappalli were the worst-affected villages.

Evacuated

Nine families at Jeerakappara, where a landslip had occurred on Tuesday, and 200 families in Kodiyathur were shifted to safer places. Landslips occurred in Pambanamkodu Mala near Inchipara in Kuttiyadi.

However, no casualty was reported. Landslip was reported at Mavattam near Kavilumpara in the district on Thursday afternoon.

Traffic was disrupted on the NH 17 Kozhikode-Kannur highway at Pavangad when a tree fell on a car.

A 24-hour control room has been opened at the Kozhikode collectorate to help those affected by rain. The phone numbers of the control room are 0495-2371002, 2372966.

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