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Tearful adieu to landslip victims

Younger daughter of Vattakkunnel Ouseph, who died in the landslip on August 17, 2012, being consoled by relatives at the Kadavoor VHSS Grounds. Photo: H. Vibhu

Younger daughter of Vattakkunnel Ouseph, who died in the landslip on August 17, 2012, being consoled by relatives at the Kadavoor VHSS Grounds. Photo: H. Vibhu  

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District administration seeks Rs.1.5 crore for rehabilitation

The village of Kadavoor, still recovering from Friday’s landslip that killed six peorsons, bid a tearful adieu to the departed on Sunday amid a show of great unity among the people cemented by the tragedy.

The bodies of the victims, Madakkappilly Ipe and his wife Leela, Vattakkunnel Joseph (Ouseph), Kaduvakkuzhiyil Madhu, and Thannikkuzhiyil Narayanan, who died of heart failure after witnessing the fury of the landslip, were brought to the Kadavoor VHSS grounds at 10.45 a.m. from the Kothamangalam taluk hospital.

The bodies were brought to Kadavoor just about an hour after the body of the sixth victim, Nalini, wife of Madhu, was recovered by the Fire and Rescue Services personnel.

Body recovered

The body of Nalini was recovered from under the debris about 25 metres away from where her house stood. The search had been called off late on Saturday evening due to bad weather conditions and was resumed early on Sunday. The body of Ipe was recovered on Saturday. Search operations progressed amid threat of another landslip considering the loose soil conditions.

The whole of Kadavoor was at the grounds to receive the bodies and to pay their last respects to the departed. People thronged the school grounds well before the bodies were brought, the initial schedule being 10 a.m. considering the condition of the bodies.

Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph, Minister for Civil Supplies Anoop Jacob, Member of Parliament from Idukki P.T. Thomas, T.U. Kuruvilla, MLA, and senior Kerala Congress leader Johny Nelloor were among those present.

Additional District Magistrate B. Ramachandran placed wreaths on the bodies on behalf of the District Collector.

The bodies of Ipe, his wife Leela and Vattakkunnel Joseph were buried at the cemetery of the Njarakkatt St. John’s Jacobite Church. The bodies of Nalini and her husband Madhu were taken to Koovalloor, near Pothanicaud, for cremation at their ancestral home. The body of Narayanan was cremated close to his house, which was partially destroyed in the landslip, in the Fourth Block of Peringottoor.

The district administration has submitted an initial demand of Rs.1.5 crore toward rehabilitation of the landslip victims.

According to a senior official of the district administration, money has been sought for five cents of land each for the eight houses that were totally destroyed in the accident, and Rs.10 lakh each for building eight new houses. Money has been also sought for household equipment as well as for repairing 3 km of road that was damaged.

A total of four hectares of farmland has been damaged in the landslip. The district administration has already provided Rs.20,000 each to the victims’ families and has sought Rs.20 lakh towards immediate relief work.

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