Heavy rains wreak havoc in Kerala, three dead, 622 rehabilitated

Two children lost their lives after a house collapsed in Karipur of Kerala's Malappuram district.

Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains lashed across Kerala on Tuesday claiming three lives.

Widespread destruction has been reported from Malappuram, Palakkad, Thrissur and Kollam districts in the state.

Two children lost their lives after a house collapsed in Karipur of Kerala's Malappuram district.

The house belonged to Muhammed Kutty. The deceased are Rizwana (8) and Rinsana (7), children of Aboobakr Siddique.

The incident occurred at 5am.

The wall adjacent to the house collapsed destroying a part of the house. The children were fast asleep inside. Though rushed to the Medical College Hospital, they could not be saved.

The National Highway passing through Kondotty township area has reported waterlogging. 

Govt to play by 'Orange Book'

Revenue Minister K Rajan on Tuesday issued a bad weather warning for at least two more days as a low pressure is expected to form over the Bay of Bengal. The minister added that people will be relocated from landslide and flooding prone areas as per the most recent 'Orange Book' prepared by the disaster management authority.

The minister held an online meeting with district collectors and officials concerned and said that they have been instructed to follow the standard operating procedures and emergency suppoort functions plan as per the 'Orange Book'.

"Camps will be set up for people from areas that are listed as disaster prone in the orange book," the minister said. So far, 622 persons have been rehabilitated to 27 camps at various places in the state.

"Six teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are stationed in Kerala and the defence services are on standby," said the minister after holding a meeting of district collectors.

Meanwhile, a road collapsed near Thiruvali Chelithodu bridge.

Aluva Manappuram, the region surrounding Aluva Shiva Temple in Ernakulam district, was completely submerged in water.

A landslide was reported near Idamalayar Vaishali cave in Idukki.

Several adivasi colonies in Thalumkandam Pongumchuvadu region were isolated.

Heavy rain has been reported from Thrissur district. The stream near Pariyaram in Chalakkudy is overflowing. People living on the riverbanks have been warned.

Roadblocks have been reported at three places on the Palakkad Attappady road.

The Fire and Rescue Department is attempting to remove the tree branches and twigs blocking the roads here.

Heavy rainfall has been reported in Mannarkkad, Agali areas since Monday night. Several houses were flooded in the Nellippuzha area.

Acres of paddy fields are submerged in Kanjikode, Nenmara region.

Kozhikode district has also seen incessant rains since Monday night.

Waterlogging has also been reported from several low lying areas of Kollam district. Several shops were inundated in the Kottarakara - Nilamel route. Traffic was partially affected in areas.

Tracks near Idamon bridge on Kollam - Chengotta rails are blocked following a landslide here. A case of death by drowning was reported from Thenmala Nagamala stream. Govindarajan, a labourer at the Nagamala estate, is the deceased.

Traffic on Anchal, Punalur roads was also affected due to waterlogging.

Ban on night travel in Idukki
Night travel has been banned in Idukki district till the night of October 14 due to possibility of landslides.The travel ban will be from 7 pm to 6 am. The Idukki District Collector has, however, allowed night travel for emergency purposes, such as COVID-19 relief work.

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