Nine people including a three year old boy were killed in landslides and flash floods in the three northern districts of Kerala on Tuesday.
Concern over the safety of Pazhassi dam has been heightened and Rapid Action Force has been called in to help out the victims.
Two landslides were reported Tuesday morning in Kannur district as torrential rain continues to pour down inundating low laying areas. Many houses were damaged and a bridge was swept away in. Life in Iritty, a major town in Kannur district came to a standstill as more than 200 shops inundated as flood water rushed in. Kannur Coast Guard has been pressed in to action in the affected areas.
Pazhassi Dam is overflowing despite its seven shutters already been lifted to contain the flood. The concern over the safety of the dam has been raised by different quarters as the irrigation minister PJ Joseph said the government may need Army’s help to lift all the shutters of the dam and to lower the water level. At least hundred families were isolated by the floods near the dam area. The operations to ferry them to safety are on using boats.
A series of landslides were trigged by the heavy downpour started from Monday morning. The first major landslide was reported at 3.30 pm on Monday in Pulloorampara in Kannur and around 30 houses were damaged, road traffic was blocked and agriculture fields destroyed beyond recovery.
State Home Minister, Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan is visiting the districts and is personally monitoring the rescue operations.