Rain situation continues to be bleak in the Meenachil river basin

In spite of a short sunny spell on Wednesday, the monsoon rain situation continued to be bleak as large areas still remained inundated and waterlogged in Kottayam district. And the flow of persons to relief camps continued to mount.

Power supply in most places remained disrupted. Railways cancelled 10 of the passenger train services through Kottayam on account of the rising water level in the Meenachil river and inundation of long stretches of railway lines. In many places, buses remained off the road for the third consecutive day.

The district administration relaxed holiday notice and confined it to Kottayam and Vaikom taluks, Changanassery municipality, Kurichy, Madappally, Payippad, Thrikodithanam and Vazhappally grama panchayats (in Changanassery taluk) and Mutholi and Kidangoor grama panchayats (in Meenachil taluk). Holiday covers all educational institutions including anganwadis and professional colleges in these areas.

Mahatma Gandhi University has postponed all examinations scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The last date for taking permanent admission for those who have received fourth allotment and temporary allotment in the first, second and third allocation process in the Centralised Allocation Process (CAP) for undergraduate programmes in the MGU has been extended to July 23.

Death toll

While the death toll in the current spell of monsoon is reported to be seven unofficially, the district authorities have confirmed four deaths due to the calamity. They have been identified as Sivankutty (50) of Cheruvallil in Kanjirapplly taluk, Deepu (34) of Bangalowparambil House, Koruthode, Jinu (15) of Velloor village in Vaikom and and Shibu (46) of TV Puram.

Two persons remain missing. Divers from the Navy have been pressed into service in search for the two who are still missing. They had gone missing from Kokkayaar, bordering Idukki district, while fishing in an inundated granite quarry.

Power disruption

Meanwhile, District Collector B.S. Thirumeni, in a press note said that the power disruption in inundated areas would continue and called for people’s cooperation. In such places, water had entered homes and resumption of power supply could cause accidents.

In many places, electric posts remained uprooted and in others, the power lines remained snapped. However, power supply to pump houses had resumed, the press note said.

The Collector also advised those in relief camps to keep their ID cards, including Aadhar and ration cards, with them to ease the distribution of rations in the camps.

Project for colonies

The district administration has given shape to a project in which NGOs could adopt affected colonies. The real magnitude of loss could be ascertained only after the water recedes from the affected areas. “In many cases people have lost their documents including school certificates,” he said.

In other cases, many had lost their school textbooks and utensils. The project envisaged adoption of colonies partially or in full after the loss was determined, he said.

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