KOTTAYAM l SATURDAY l AUGUST 10, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 16 l CITY EDITION 8 BODIES RECOVERED FROM PUTHUMALA IN WAYANAD 64,013 FROM 15,748 FAMILIES STAYING IN 738 RELIEF CAMPS Hundreds trapped as heavy rain leads to multiple landslides E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Kochi 38 28 killed in the state dead on Friday 8 A22.5 cr go missing 101 houses fully destroyed 738 relief camps have been opened has been allotted to the affected districts by the state government from disaster fund Nehru Trophy Boat Race, which was scheduled for Saturday, put off 7 KSEB dams opened RED ALERT n Ernakulam n Idukki, n Palakkad, n Malappuram, n Kozhikode, n Wayanad n Kannur, ORANGE ALERT n Pathanamthitta n Alappuzha n Kottayam n Thrissur n Kasaragod AFFECTED Road traffic got disrupted in the hilly terrains of Idukki and Wayanad and flooded Malappuram district Train service via Alappuzha and on the KozhikodeShoranur route stopped. Long-distance trains will run via Kottayam Kochi international airport suspends operations until Sunday 3pm. Flights diverted to Thiruvananthapuram, Kannur and Kozhikode Control room numbers Chief Minister’s Office: 04712517500, 2322056 Disaster management: 1079 Police headquarters: 04712722500, 9497900999 KSRTC: 04712463799, 9447071021, WhatsApp No. 8129562972 RAIN continued its furious spell in the state on Friday, leaving death and destruction in its trail. The death toll rose to 38 — 28 dead on Friday alone — with the biggest casualties reported from Kavalappara in Malappuram where an entire hill tumbled like a pack of cards and from Puthumala in Wayanad where nearly 100 acres of teaestate village were swept away in a landslide. Nine deaths were reported in Kozhikode, including four at Vilangad near Nadapuram While 64,013 people had to move into 738 relief camps, mostly in northern districts of Wayanad and Malappuram, thousands fled their homes to safer places with fear of last year’s flood still haunting the memory. Three big landslides occurred in Malappuram including the one at Kavalappara and bodies of three persons have been recovered from the area. Unconfirmed reports put the death toll higher at 10 after 36 houses were swept away in the landslide. Reports said 41 people from 19 families were living in the area. At Puthumala, where the big landslide occurred on Thursday evening, bodies of nine persons, including a three-year-old boy, were recovered from under the debris on Friday Another 14 persons . are missing. The rescue and search operations, led by the Army and National Disaster Response Force teams at Puthumala and Kavalappara, were called off on Friday evening following falling visibility and continuing rains. Bad weather is expected to continue on Saturday with the Met Department issuing ‘red alert’ in seven districts --- Idukki, Ernakulam, Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur. The red alert districts are expected to receive over 204 mm rains. Seven KSEB dams and six irrigation dams were opened on Friday following which Bharathapuzha, Periyar and other small rivers flowed over the dangerous mark. Cloud burst reason for flood Abhilash S, Assistant Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Cusat, cited cloud burst as the reason for flood. “The reasons behind the copious amount of rain received by many districts in Kerala are the depression formed over central India and the vertical deep clouds that developed as a result of this atmospheric phenomenon,” said Abhilash. TRAGEDY Rescue workers shift a body from the debris of the landslide at Puthumala near Meppadi in Wayanad district on Friday | EXPRESS Hill comes crashing in Malappuram, 3 die EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ Malappuram THREE people at Bhoodhanam near Kavalappara were killed after an entire hill collapsed on the colony , razing down houses. As many as 40 people from 18 families are feared to be under the debris. Heavy rain continued to lash the district for the second day on Friday, causing multiple landslides and claiming seven lives. According to the disaster management wing in the district, the three victims at Bhoodhanam are Mathi, SC upholds IBC amendments giving financial creditor status to home buyers New Delhi: THE Supreme Court Friday upheld the constitutional validity of amendments made to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) which conferred the ‘financial creditors’ status to homebuyers and entitled them to be a part of the Committee of Creditors (CoC) to safeguard their interest. The apex court’s verdict came as a big relief for lakhs of harassed homebuyers who are facing difficulties due to delayed possession and incomplete real estate projects. As financial creditors now, they will have a say in the resolution process of a cash-strapped realtor. A three-judge bench headed by Justice R F Nariman held as “constitutionally valid” the amendments made to the IBC in August 2018 and said it “does not infringe” upon the rights of real estate developers and is neither “ar- bitrary” nor “discriminatory”. It can be seen that the Insolvency Law Committee found, as a matter of fact, that delay in completion of flats/apartments has become a common phenomenon, and that amounts raised from home buyers contributes significantly to the financing of the construction of such flats/apartments, said the bench, also comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Surya Kant. “This being the case, it was important, therefore, to clarify that home buyers are treated as financial creditors so that they can trigger the code under section 7 and have their rightful place on the CoC when it comes to making important decisions as to the future of the building construction company, which is the execution of the real estate project in which such home buyers are ultimately to be housed,” the bench said. DOWNPOUR TO CONTINUE TILL TUESDAY: MET DEPT As per section 7 of the IBC, a home buyer, who is now a financial creditor, may trigger the insolvency proceedings against the real estate developer. The bench said that since home buyers give advances to the real estate developer and finance the project, they are the “financial creditors”. The top court said the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), 2016, which regulates the real estate sector, is to be “read harmoniously” with the IBC and in case of conflict, the IBC would prevail. “The fact that RERA is in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions of any other law for the time being in force, also makes it clear that the remedies under RERA to allottees were intended to be additional and not exclusive remedies,” it said. The bench said that even by a process of harmonious construction, RERA and the IBC must be held to “co-exist”. her grandson Gokul and a four-year-old girl Pattery Thomas. Incessant rain disrupted rescue operation in the area on Friday evening and the authorities said it would resume on Saturday morning. The mishap reportedly happened around 7.30 pm on Thursday, but rescue workers were unable to reach the spot as Chaliyar River had flooded the surrounding areas. Efforts of local people to search for missing people over phone also proved futile. The area was cut off from the rest of the district. Later in the afternoon, the Fire and Rescue Services units and NDRF teams rushed to the spot and started rescue operations. MLA P V Anwar visited the spot and said that the situation at Bhoodhanam was grave compared to other parts of the district. In another major incident, three members of a family were trapped under the debris when a landslide hit Kottakunnu. They are Chathamkulam Sarojini, wife of Sathyan, daughterin-law Geethu and two-yearold Sarath. EXPRESS READ Jaitley admitted to AIIMS, under observation New Delhi: Former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was admitted to the AIIMS here on Friday after he complained of palpitations and restlessness, and is under observation, sources at the hospital said. Jaitley, 66, was admitted to the Cardio-Neuro-Centre of the hospital around 10 am. Four of a family die as house collapses Malappuram: Four members of a family were killed when their twostoreyed house collapsed in Kunduthodu near Edavanna following heavy rain on Friday morning. The victims are Unais, 40, Kuttassery House; his wife Nusrath, 35; their daughter Sana, 10 and son Sanil, 7. According to the police, the family shifted to their newly built house when heavy rain flooded their old house nearby. A victim being rescued from the landslide site at Puthumala | T P SOORAJ Kashmir curbs eased for prayers P T I @ Srinagar/Jammu AFTER being confined to their homes for days, people in Kashmir offered Friday prayers in their local mosques as restrictions were eased for the purpose, officials said, adding the Valley was largely peaceful barring minor incidents of stone throwing in the apple town of Sopore in north Kashmir. People, who have virtually been kept indoors because of heavy security deployment in the wake of removal of special status for Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state, were allowed to go to mosques in their localities without being asked any questions by security personnel. With no untoward incident, the situation, as of now, was reported to be fine in Srinagar city and south Kashmir, officials said, but added that reports from all areas are yet to arrive. The Jammu district administration on Friday withdrew prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 imposed on August 5 in view of the Centre abrogating constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, according to an official order. 66TH NATIONAL FILM AWARDS Keerthy Suresh wins best actress award New Delhi: Mainstream Hindi cinema emerged a major winner at the 66th National Film Awards on Friday with multiple recognitions for ‘Andhadhun,’ ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’ and ‘Badhaai Ho’ while Gujarati film ‘Hellaro’ bagged the best film honour. Keerthy Suresh won the best actress award for her role as yesteryear Telugu star Savitri in biopic ‘Mahanati.’ The film was also recognised for its costumes. The best cinematography award went to Malayalam movie ‘Olu.’ In language categories, the winners were ‘Reva’ (Gujarati), ‘Harjeeta’ (Punjabi), ‘Amori’ (Konkani), ‘Mahanati’ (Telugu), ‘Sudani from Nigeria’ (Malayalam), ‘Ek Je Chhilo Raja’ (Bengali) ‘Baaram’ (Tamil), ‘Bhonga’ (Marathi), ‘Ma’ama’ (Garo), ‘Mishing’ (Sherdukpan), ‘In the Land of P o i s o n Wo m e n ’ (Pangchenpa) and ‘Turtle’ (Rajasthani). Special mention was shared among ‘Nathicharami’ actor Sruthi Hariharan, ‘Kadak’ star Chandrachoor Rai, ‘Joseph’ star Joju George and ‘Sudani from Nigeria’ actor Savithri.
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