KERALA

Zoo wall collapses; traffic disrupted

In chaos: The Museum-Nanthancode road was flooded with silt after a wall of the city zoo collapsed on Saturday. —

In chaos: The Museum-Nanthancode road was flooded with silt after a wall of the city zoo collapsed on Saturday. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: S. Gopakumar

Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Museum-Nanthancode road was closed to traffic on Saturday evening after a boundary wall of the nearby zoo collapsed under the weight of sodden mud heaped against it.

Much of the silt, removed from a pond inside the zoo, flooded the arterial road. A van parked on the road was buried under the mud. Residents in the area found it difficult to reach their homes.

The incident occurred at around 2.45 p.m.

A local resident said the mud removed from the pond was heaped against the decades-old compound wall of the zoo.

The previous day’s rain increased the weight of the silt heap. The Museum authorities had contracted a government agency for cleaning and deepening the pond.

The silt inundated the road. Local residents managed to remove two motorcycles, which were in the path of the heavy silt outflow. The Fire and Rescue Services personnel were engaged in removing the slush to a place inside the zoo compound.

Suresh Babu, Sub-Inspector, Museum police station, said the road was likely to be opened to traffic on Sunday. The Corporation will wash the road and clean the storm water drains once the silt is removed.

A local resident said the area needed to be sprayed with disinfectants as the pond chiefly held refuse from animal enclosures inside the zoo.

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