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Upper Kuttanad faces flood threat

Staff Reporter

Rain lashing the region since Monday; many roads remain submerged

— Photo: Leju Kamal

Water world: People wading through a flooded road at Vengal in the Upper Kuttanad village of Peringara in Thiruvalla on Sunday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: Flood threat looms large over low-lying Upper Kuttanad, with the Monsoon showers lashing the length and breadth of the region for the past three days.

Incessant rains in the catchment areas have resulted in Pampa, Achankoil and Manimala rivers breaching their banks along many stretches on Monday.

Many roads in the Upper Kuttanad villages of Kadapra, Niranom and Peringara have already been inundated in the flood waters.

Vehicular traffic on Chathankery-Muttar Road, Cyclemukku-Theveri Road, Mepral-Kidangara Road and Niranom Panchayat junction-Thottady Road has been badly affected due to the ongoing flood.

A swollen river Pampa breached its banks at many places in Ranni and Thiruvalla taluks on Monday. The flood waters breached into Punalur-Muvattupuzha Road at Chethomkara near Ranni.

The second largest settlement colony in the State at Ezhikad, near Aranmula, too was facing flood threat as flood waters started flowing into the low-lying reaches of the colony.

The Mundappally SC colony at Vengal Alamthuruthy in Peringara panchayat and Chakkulathu colony near Neerettupuram have been isolated by flood waters surrounding them by Monday.

Two houses at Podiyadi and Kizhakkumuri near Thiruvalla were damaged when two trees, uprooted in the rain and wind, fell on them.

According to official sources, three flood relief camps have been opened in the district at Nannoor Anganwadi in Eraviperoor panchayat, Community Hall at Thirumoolapuram, near Thiruvalla, and MTLP School at Nedumprayar in Thottappuzhasserry panchayat on Monday.

Vehicular traffic on the Niranom-Viyapuram link highway has been disrupted from Monday morning as the road has been submerged along certain stretches.

Control rooms opened

Additional District Magistrate H. Salimraj said the district administration had opened control rooms at the Collectorate and at all the five taluk headquarters in view of the flood threat during monsoon.

Two houses were totally destroyed and 15 others partially damaged in the past 24 hours, official sources said.

The phone numbers of various control rooms are given below:

Pathanamthitta Collectorate: 0468-2222515, 2222507

Thiruvalla: 0469-2601303, 2740103

Adoor: 04734-224826

Mallappally: 0469-2682293, 2784499

Kozhencherry: 0468-2222221, 2270776

Ranni: 04735-227442, 229214

District authorities have also warned the people residing on the banks of Kakkattar, Pampa, Manimala and Achankoil against worsening of the flood situation, if the incessant rain continues.

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