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Rain, rough sea cause damage in Alappuzha

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15 houses destroyed totally; more than 190 partially damaged



BAD WEATHER: The rough sea is wreaking havoc on the Alappuzha coast, damaging houses and uprooting trees on beaches. A scene from Cherthala.

ALAPPUZHA: Heavy rain and the rough sea combined to batter the Alappuzha coast for the second day on Sunday, with 15 houses suffering complete damages and more than 190 houses suffering partial damage across the district.

Heavy loss

The total loss caused by the monsoon over the last one week has crossed Rs.20 lakh, according to district administration statistics, with the damage on Saturday and Sunday alone totalling Rs.3.5 lakh. While rough waves forced sea water into more than a hundred houses and uprooted several trees along the coastal belt, particularly in areas left unprotected by seawalls, heavy rain is continuing to trouble the perennially water-logged Kuttanad region. The increased water flow from the high ranges has seen the water-levels in the Pampa and Vembanad Lake too rising, threatening to submerge several low-lying areas if rain continues for one more day.

A couple of stretches on the Alappuzha-Changanassery Road were inundated in the morning, but the water receded by noon.

The areas where the damage was felt most on the coast included a few parts of Cherthala, Ambalapuzha, Purakad, Karoor, Arattupuzha and Thrikkunnapuzha while damage by the rain was witnessed in Karthikapally, Cheppad, Edathua, Thalavady and a few areas in Arattupuzha too.

None evacuated

So far, no families have been evacuated on the coast, but the administration is ready to open relief camps wherever and whenever necessary, officials said. A control room is functioning at the District Collectorate, monitoring the situation round the clock

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