Kerala

Pipe burst in Palakkad due to heavy rains; no drinking water for one week

Acute drinking water crisis started gripping Palakkad Municipality and surrounding grama panchayats on Thursday morning despite heavy rains with the flash floods in Kalpathy River bursting the main pipeline that carries drinking water from Malampuzha reservoir to the pumping station. Kerala Water Authority has informed that drinking water would not be supplied in Kalpathy, Mattumantha, Olavakode, Vennakkara, Moothanthara, Chunnambuthara, Parakkunnam, Thirunellayi and Pirayiri regions for the next one week as the continuing rains would delay the repair works.

Meanwhile, District Collector D Balamurali has warned people against consuming water drawn from sources contaminated already by the incessant rains. He has instructed Water Authority to initiate steps to supply drinking water to the needy by arranging tanker lorries.

No tourism activities

As continuing rains caused widespread destruction across the district, the Collector has banned all tourism activities in the district till further orders. There would be special vigil in areas like Malampuzha Garden, Silent Valley National Park, and Nelliyampathy Hill Station. Those who are accessing water bodies for bathing, washing, swimming and posing for selfi photographs would be prosecuted. The district administration has already rehabilitated over 350 families from low laying areas of Palakkad town and surroundings to special camps set up in 15 different locations. Special rehabilitation camps have also been opened up in Chittur and Thathamanagalam areas in view of increasing water level in Shokanasini River as a result of opening shutters of Parambikulam and Aliyar dams.

With Pothundi Dam reaching its maximum storage level by Thursday afternoon, alerts have been issued asking people to remain vigil. Extra vigil is being maintained by the district administration in Kanjikode and Pudussery regions where all the water bodies, mainly feeders of River Bharathapuzha, in spate. As water level in Siruvani Dam reaching its maximum, alerts have been issued in Attappady. Steps have also been taken to set up rehabilitation camps in Attappady in view of increasing water level in Esat flowing river Bhavani.

With all the four shutters of Kerala’s largest irrigation dam Malampuzha have been opened for 1.5 metres, Bharathapuzha’s feeders Mukkai and Kalpathy are in spate. Many parts of Olavakode, kalpathy, Chandra Nagar, Jain Medu and Kunnathoor Medu have been inundated in heavy rains.

Train operations hit

Train operations between Palakkad and Coimbatore junctions have been affected since 10 a.m. on Thursday after tracks in the `B' line were submerged in rainwater at walayar across the State border. Now, all trains are being rerouted through the 'A' line.

The catchment areas of the Malampuzha reservoir have received 204 mm rains since early morning.

Landslips were reported from Kava, Parappana and Elival, hilly regions forming part of the catchment area of Kerala's largest irrigation dam Malampuzha on Thursday morning. No casualties have been reported. The Nilapathy Road bridge near Parali has been inundated and road traffic between Ottappalam and Palakkad remains badly affected. Vehicular movement has been prohibited in Palakkad-Malampuzha-Kanjikode road after Kadakkamkunnu bridge submerged in the overflowing waters from River Kalpathy. Road traffic has been banned in the inundated areas of Jain Medu, Andi Madom, Sekhari Puram and Sanjay Nagar.

Those who are in distress can contact the authorities through the following numbers: Collectorate -0491 2505309, 0491 2505566, District Emergency Operation Centre-0491 2505209, District Collector - 0491-2505266, 9387288266, Police- 0491 2534011, 2533276, 9497996977, District Medical Office- 0491 2505264, 2505189, 9946105487.

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