Kerala

7 killed in landslips in Kozhikode

National Disaster Response Force begins search for seven missing persons

The southwest monsoon on Thursday claimed seven more lives, including three children, and left a trail of destruction in the hilly region of Kattippara at Thamarassery in the district.

In the downpour which triggered landslips at around 5 a.m., five houses were washed away at Karinchola valley. Search led by the National Disaster Response Force summoned from Thrissur is going on in full swing to trace seven persons reportedly missing after landslips at two places.

The bodies of V. Abdurehiman, 60; Mohammed Jasim, son of K. Jaffer, 5; Dilna Sherin, 9, and Mohammed Shahabaz, 3, children of Abdul Salim; were recovered by noon and K. Hassan, 65; his daughter Jannath, 17; and Jaffer, 45, by evening.

Victims from 4 families

Four families were victims of the landslip in the region. Their houses were submerged in the muddy waters. One of the families residing in the vicinity escaped as they shifted to a safer place before the calamity occurred.

Landslips were triggered at many places, including the Kakkayam, Pulluranpara, Kattippara, Karinchola and Chamal areas of the rural belt. The torrential rain waterlogged roads and inundated several places. Heavy rain has battered the Thiruvambady region and a few areas have been isolated. Over 250 houses were damaged and another 20 were destroyed in the rain. The damage to crops is yet to be estimated. The disaster management authority has swung into action to rescue stranded families and evacuate them to relief camps that were opened on Tuesday.

Water level in the Chaliyar, Iruvanjipuzha and Punoor rivers are continuing to rise. The Water Resources Department said that shutters of the Kakkayam and Peruvannamuzhi dams were opened following the heavy inflow and a warning has been issued to the people residing near the area.

Traffic was blocked on Kozhikode- Mysuru- Kollegal Highway after a tree fell on the Thamarassery ghat road. Vehicles have been diverted via Kuttiyadi road to reach Kozhikode. Similarly, traffic was disrupted after flooding at Nellamkandi near Koduvally.

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