As inflow of floodwaters from the eastern ranges continue unabated, inundating large areas, the monsoon situation in the district still remain grim.
The Meenachil river and its tributaries have breached the banks and the water entered the inner areas, isolating them completely. Bus services remain disrupted to most low-lying areas and people from the areas are moving to relief camps and houses of their relatives in large numbers.
Meanwhile, two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the district. According to the authorities, one of the teams will remain at the inundated Poovathummood area where they will engage in moving the people from isolated houses to relief camps and the other will move to Kosamattom Colony. In addition to the disrupted bus services, the train services also remained disrupted, as the water level in the Meenachil river rose alarmingly. The District Collector has declared holiday for all educational institutions including professional colleges in the district on Thursday, July 18.
Mahatma Gandhi University has also postponed all examinations scheduled for Wednesday. The Collector has issued warning against taking selfies in the inundated areas in the district. In a press note, he has also warned against visiting local tourism spots and water-clogged areas and asked citizens not to venture into the inundated areas as the inflow was alarmingly increasing.
The body of Deepu of Bangalowparambil House, Kanjirappally, who went missing in the Manimala river was retrieved on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, K. Raju, Minister for Forests and Wildlife, who is in charge of the district, took stock of the monsoon situation in the district and said the monsoon relief would be disbursed without delay. According to him, 8,577 persons from 2,300 families in Kottayam, Changanssery, Vaikom and Meenachil taluks have been moved to the 104 relief camps that have opened in the district so far. The Minister asked the displaced persons to remain in the respective camps.
The inpatients from the Parambuzha Community centre, which remain inundated, have been moved to the general hospital.
According to him, so far 148 houses have been partially damaged in the district in the current spell of monsoon and the loss in this respect has been put at Rs. 42 lakh. The Minister also visited the relief camps and reviewed the situation.
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