Kerala

Together, to make homes habitable

Kollam Corporation team cleans up 100 houses in flood-affected Thiruvanvandoor

The residents of Thiruvanvandoor, a village in Chengannur taluk of Alappuzha district, were in for a mammoth task as they returned to their flood-ravaged homes from relief camps.

Lending them a helping hand was a 140-member team from Kollam city Corporation who reached the area on Sunday morning with earth movers, tipper trucks, generators, and power washers.

By evening, the squad led by Mayor V. Rajendrababu could sanitise and make habitable over 100 houses in the area.

Worst-hit

“We reached here following a request from the taluk office and it is one of the worst-affected areas in Chengannur. The colony we focused on has single-storey houses and all of them were under water during the flood. We went there with all the machinery along with the repairing and sanitation staff of the Corporation. Since the houses were totally submerged, a lot of work needed to be done to make them habitable,” said Mr. Rajendrababu.

The squad also cleaned public places, buried animal carcasses, and chlorinated wells.

“Many of the residents wanted us to help with cleaning their wells. We pumped out the water and chlorinated over 50 wells in the area,” he said.

The team also included five snake catchers since snakes are usually found in flood-affected areas. “They captured snakes from a few places,” he said.

To Kuttanad

Corporation secretary V.R. Raju, deputy mayor Vijaya Francis, chairpersons of various committees, councillors, staff, and the public participated in the clean-up drive.

The team will be joining sanitation activities in Kuttanad on August 28 and 29.

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