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Kerala rains: 8 feared dead in a landslip in Palakkad

As the area remains inaccessible, rescue operators are yet to reach the spot.

At least eight people are feared dead and 15 others, including a three-month-old infant, suspected to be trapped inside the debris of three affected houses as a massive landslip wreaked havoc in the catchment area of irrigation dam Pothundy at Aluvassery near Cherumkad early on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, three members of a tribal family at Karadiyod near Mannarkkad were swept away in flash floods in Kunthi River, a tributary of Bharathapuzha, following major landslides in the buffer zone of Silent Valley National Park. At Anappara near Thiruvizhamkunnu, four members of a family including a 10-year-old girl were swept away in surging waters of Karimpuzha, another tributary of Bharathapuzha. As the area remains inaccessible, rescue operators are yet to reach the spot.

As Aluvassery and Cherumkad continue to remain vulnerable to more possible landslips, there are limitations in accessing exact data about the early morning incident in which the three houses located close to an illegal granite quarry were affected in the landslip. Other than rescue workers, nobody is allowed to reach the exact location. One concrete house, one tiled-roof house and a rubber estate also perished. The incident spot is hardly five km away from Nenmara town and located on the way to famous hill station Nelliyampathy.

The road traffic between Palakkad and Thrissur came to a complete halt by Thursday noon when landslips occurred on top of the Kuthiran hills. Though a truck was trapped in rock and earth which blocked the national highway, authorities said the driver and cleaner had a providential escape.

The road to tourist destination Dhoni in Palakkad was closed after flash floods ravaged it. In Attappady, east flowing rivers Bhavani, Siruvani and Varagar are in spate. The whole tribal region now remains totally cut off with a landslip preventing road usage in the Mannarkkad ghat section. The Chemmannur-Thavalam stretch of Mannarkkad-Agali-Coimbatore road remains fully inundated.

At Akamalavaram in Malampuzha, a wild elephant was swept away in flash floods. It was rescued by forest officials at Velakompatta. At Mangalassery near Nenmara, twenty minor landslips had occurred since midnight on Wednesday. Landslips were also reported from Mailapadam and Peringottukurissi.

After shutters of Malampuzha Dam raised up to 1.05 m by noon on Thursday, water level in Kalpathy river increased significantly, inundating low-lying areas of Palakkad town like Olavakode, Chathapuram, Kalpathy and Puthur.

For the first time since its construction, the Kunthipuzha Bridge in the Palakkad-Kozhikode national highway was submerged in surging waters. Fifty families of the locality were rescued and rehabilitated.