Eloor, Cheranalloor face rain fury

Fire force personnel removing a tree that fell on the rooftop of the family health centre at Cheranalloor on Monday.

Fire force personnel removing a tree that fell on the rooftop of the family health centre at Cheranalloor on Monday.  

Several trees uprooted causing damage to houses and holding up traffic

It was a providential escape for the wife and daughter of Laxmanan, a caterer, in Cheranalloor where a large mango tree fell in the heavy rain and strong winds near the Maraparambu temple on Monday.

They had a narrow escape as the mango tree partially fell on a coconut tree standing near the house.

Some portions of the house were damaged. Laxmanan’s workplace, which was covered with a temporary sheet, was fully damaged.

It was a double blow for the man as he had lost his utensils in the floods last year and had only resumed his business with the support of others, said Sony Cheeku, president of Cheranalloor panchayat.

The family health centre was damaged when a tree fell on the building. A few houses near the centre were also damaged, she said.

Traffic was held up on many roads as the strong wind uprooted trees, electric poles and brought down hoardings.

Power supply was disrupted for over two hours in the afternoon, but the KSEB restored it soon, said Shimmy Francis, a block panchayat member.

In Eloor grama panchayat, 66 houses were damaged as trees and electric posts were uprooted. “Wards 12, 17, 18, 19, 27 and 28 suffered heavy damage,” said C.P. Usha, president of Eloor panchayat.

Of the total houses that were damaged, 20 were FACT quarters.

Fire force personnel cleared roads and removed trees that had fallen on rooftops at many places in the panchayat.

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