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Rain wreaks havoc in Kochi; child drowned

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, OCT. 3. The incessant, heavy rain for the second consecutive day inundated the city, bringing life to a standstill. Low-lying areas in the city were flooded and there was water-logging in the KSRTC Stand and two railway stations.

At Chendamangalam, a two-year-old boy was drowned in a well in the compound of his house. Immanuel, son of Johnny, at Kizhakkumpuram at Chendamangalam, was drowned at around 7-30 a.m. when he accidentally fell into the well under construction.

St. Benedict Road and Paramara Road, Kaloor-Pottakkuzhi Road, Karanakodam, Thammanam-Pulleppady Road and Azad Road were flooded. Water entered the compounds of some of the houses at Panikkasseryparambu in Kalabhavan Road.

KSRTC bus-stand

The office at the KSRTC Bus Stand in Ernakulam South was also flooded. As the bus stand was on higher ground, the station building was spared.

In Ernakulam South, Kalathiparambil Road, Karikkamuri Cross Road and Monastery Road were also inundated. At Maradu, about 16 houses near Muthedam Church were water-logged. The Tahsildar and the police visited the area.

Main roads

The situation on the main roads including M.G. Road, Park Avenue and Banerji Road was slightly better. In Western Kochi, many areas including some parts of Mattancherry were water-logged. Koovappadam, Santo Gopalan Road, Gujarati Road, Kuruppathuparambu, Mathuthipparambu, Amaravathi, Veli, Pandikkudi, Ajantha Road, Townhall Road and the areas near the Cochin College were flooded.

Normal life affected

Our Staff Reporter writes from Kollam:

Although the heavy downpour in the district for the past two days has not inflicted much damage, normal life has been affected. An alert has been sounded at areas in the high ranges of the district vulnerable to landslips.

At the Pallithottam Settlement Colony in the city a house, owned by Gracy Titus, caved-in this morning as a result of the rains.

There were no casualties. Power supply was disrupted in many areas as trees got uprooted and fell over power lines.

River in spate

Reports from the high ranges in the eastern sectors of the district said that the Kallada river is flowing in spate. Heavy inflow into the Thenmala dam catchment area has also been reported. An alert on landslips has been sounded at Nagamala, Venchar and Rajakoop areas of Aryankavu grama panchayat in the district.

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