Heavy rains in Kerala leave 7 dead, cause huge damage to property

 24 Aug 2014 - 0:00

Boys pass by a flock of sheep on a road, a portion of which was washed away by flood water in the flood-affected Morigaon district of Assam yesterday.


Thiruvananthapuram: Heavy rains that have lashed Kerala for the past three days have left seven people dead and caused huge damage to property in many districts, officials said yesterday.
The worst-affected districts include the capital district, Kozhikode, Pathanamthitta, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kollam, Malappuram and deaths have been reported from these districts.
Most of the small dams in these districts are reported to be full and small streams in most places are overflowing.
As many as 16 homes have been fully damaged while 89 homes have been partially destroyed and 27 relief camps have been opened at various places in the states, according to official reports, while the destruction of crops is yet to be accounted for.
“I have been living in this house for the past 58 years and never before have I experienced this sort of water, all around the place. The electricity transformer is also submerged and we have no current for the past two days. Our well for the first time in my memory is full. This is a really bad time for my family,” said John Thomas who lives near Kottayam.
The rains this time have affected both low-lying and hilly areas.
“At a lot of places in and around my place, there have been caving of the earth and roads have become unmotorable. Trees have also been uprooted and the river near my home is in spate,” said Gopi Krishnan of Kozhikode district.
Due to the heavy rains, many of the main roads across the state are in bad shape and are witnessing heavy traffic jams. The state administration is closely monitoring the situation and in some districts, all educational institutions are closed for the past three days.

PM condoles deaths
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday condoled the deaths caused by floods in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
He sanctioned from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund Rs2 lakh for the next of kin of each of the deceased and Rs50,000 for each of the seriously injured.
The Ghagra in Bihar’s Siwan district and the Rapti in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur are flowing above the danger mark.
“At 6am on Friday, Ghagra at Darauli, Siwan was flowing at a level of 61.42m with rising trend which is 0.60m above its danger level of 60.82m and 0.32m below its previous high flood level of 61.74 m in August 1998,” said the statement from the ministry of water resources.
The river has been in a high flood situation at Gangpur in Siwan. It was flowing at a level of 57.85m. It had a rising trend which is 0.81m above its danger level of 57.04m and 0.16m below its previous high flood level of 58.01 m in September 1983. A statement said Rapti at Balrampur has been flowing at a level of 104.83m, with a rising trend which is 0.21m above its danger level of 104.62m.