Kerala

Kuttanad slowly returns to normality

Alappuzha district administration sets up bio-toilets in waterlogged areas

The Kuttanad region is limping back to normality as water has receded in many villages. Officials said that they were operating around 400 gruel centres for more than one lakh people in different parts of the region. Another 700 people were residing at relief camps, officials said.

Amidst fears of a possible epidemic outbreak, State Health Department Director R.L. Saritha visited various camps in Kuttanad on Tuesday. The director also convened a meeting of Health Department officials and discussed measures to be taken in view of the threat.

District Collector S. Suhas said that the district administration had started setting up bio-toilets in waterlogged areas. He added that floating toilets would be set up in certain areas.

Earlier in the day, Public Works Minister G. Sudhakaran visited the flood-ravaged areas in Kuttanad. The Minister who interacted with people in relief camps at Edathua and Muttar promised all help. Mr. Sudhakaran also sent messages to Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunil Kumar urging him to immediately release funds for the reconstruction of bunds and to pump out water from polders.

“We have already discussed ways to address the issues being faced by people in Kuttanad. The government will take steps to find a lasting solution to all problems,” he said.

He also visited relief camps at L.P. School, Pandankary; Government HSS, Thalavady; Kumararikarinpalli; Kidangara Bazar; Ramankary; and Veliyanad.

Holiday in Kuttanad

District Collector S. Suhas has declared a holiday for all educational institutions, including professional colleges, in Kuttanad taluk on Wednesday.

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