KOCHI l SATURDAY l AUGUST 10, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 24 l LATE CITY EDITION 8 BODIES FOUND IN PUTHUMALA 64,013 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. Longdistance trains will run via Kottayam Kochi airport suspends operations until Sunday 3pm. Flights diverted to T’puram, 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 m. Three big landslides occurred in Malappuram including the one at Kavalappara and bodies of three persons were 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 of 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 rain. 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 rain. Shutters of 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 phenomeP2, 3, 5 non,” said Abhilash. BELGAUM | KARNATAKA l Toll shoots up to 25 l Belagavi district in Karnataka the worsthit l Over 2 lakh people evacuated from different parts of the state l 16 out of 30 districts in the state hit by floods and heavy rains l Release of water from Maharashtra dams worsened situtation Under a thick blanket of security, the J&K administration let people walk out of their homes for the first time for Friday prayers ever since curbs were imposed in the wee hours of Monday before the state was reorganised. People in the Valley also went shopping for provisions and shops that were open did brisk business. However, there were reports of stone pelting in a few areas of Srinagar town. Governor Satyapal Malik went around the streets of Srinagar and visited hospitals to get a feel of the situation. As part of the administration’s confidence building measures, he directed deputy commissioners to personally attend to at least 20 families a day, who need fuel, provisions and medicines. There were reports that the popular and historic Jama Masjid area stayed under tight restriction and Friday prayers were disallowed, as the administration looked to avoid possible attempts at disruption under the cover of a large gathering. However, people were allowed to congregate at their local mosques. National Security Advisor Ajit Dov- People wade through waterlogged National Highway at Nellamkandy in Koduvally, Kozhikode | T P SOORAJ rainfall recorded in Wayanad on Friday TRAGEDY Rescue workers shift a body from the debris of the landslide at Puthumala near Meppadi in Wayanad district on Friday | EXPRESS Naval Command agrees to open its air station in Kochi KSEB worker dies while on duty after boat capsizes Dams may be opened if rain persists, says Chief Minister Panic grips people living in low-lying areas of Kuttanad Kochi: The Southern Naval Command has agreed to open its air station, INS Garuda, at Willingdon Island here for small commercial flights after the Kochi Airport suspended its operation until Sunday evening. Thrissur: A KSEB official died after the boat in which he was travelling to reinstate a transmission tower in Chemmanur paddy field in Punnayoorkkulam capsized on Friday. The incident occurred at 12.15pm. T’Puram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said extremely heavy rains expected in the next 24 hours may lead to opening of dams. The CM asked the people living downstream to take precautions. Alappuzha: Panic has gripped people in Kuttanad’s low-lying areas which have faced water-logging. Mainly it is Upper Kuttanad which is bearing the brunt. The water level went up at least 20 cm in several parts of the region. Hill comes crashing in Malappuram, 3 die E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Malappuram THREE people at Bhoodhanam near Kavalappara were killed after an entire hill collapsed on the colony raz, ing 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, her grandson Gokul and a four-yearold 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 res, cue 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. NILGIRIS | TAMIL NADU Restrictions ease a tad in Kashmir Valley E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ New Delhi 243.66mm MET SAYS RAIN ON TILL TUESDAY al, too, toured the sensitive downtown areas of Srinagar and mingled with locals and CRPF personnel, visiting the Eidgah on the way He instructed . the personnel to ensure that no civilian is harassed in any manner. Doval had on Wednesday interacted with people in Shopian, which has been at the centre of militant activity recently . Police officials said the decision to ease restrictions was to pre-empt protests over the government’s decision to abrogate Article 370 and split Kashmir and Ladakh into two Union territories. l Five killed in various mishaps l Massive search launched for a toddler washed away in flash floods near Pollachi l The Noyyal river too is in spate and the western districts are on alert EXPRESS READ Keerthy Suresh best actor at Nat’l Awards New Delhi: Keerthy Suresh did Kerala proud at the National Film Awards by bagging the best actress award in Telugu biopic Mahanati. M J Radhakrishnan was posthumously named the best cinematographer (Olu). Actors Joju Joseph and Savitri won the special jury mention for their role in Joseph and Sudani From Nigeria. Kammara Sambhavam bagged honours for best production design. 24 PAGES, INCLUDING 4 PAGES OF KOCHI EXPRESS 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, daughter-in-law Geethu and two-year-old Sarath. ANDHRA PRADESH 27,570 People in various relief camps 4,177 hectares of agriculture crop and 2,149 hectares of horticulture crop feared damaged in East Godavari district alone East and West Godavari districts are the most affected. 82 relief camps in East Godavari The situation at Bhoodhanam is much more serious compared to other parts of Malappuram district. P V Anwar, MLA Four members of a family die as house collapses Malappuram: Four members of a family were killed when their two-storeyed 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. ODISHA MAHARASHTRA 1.77 lakh 2.85 lakh 4 dead, 2 persons are missing people have been evacuated due to the devastating floods in Western Maharashtra’s 5 dists People affected across the state 9 districts have been affected At least 1,035 villages, 45 blocks partially of fully hit by floods The worst-hit are Kolhapur and Sangli districts Toll touched 29 by Friday Homebuyers have equal rights as lenders, says Supreme Court A N U R A D H A S H U K L A @ New Delhi THE Supreme Court on Friday upheld amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code on Friday , giving homebuyers the status of financial creditors, while dismissing the plea by over 180 real estate companies against the amendments. A group of realtors, including Pioneer Urban Land and Infrastructure, Supertech, BPTP Today Homes , Noida, Ireo, CHD Developers, ATS among others had moved the apex court against the IBC amendments, which allowed homebuyers to take a developer to the bankruptcy court. They pleaded that remedies to homebuyers were available under the RERA Act and the amendments to IBC were not needed. Their plea was rejected by an SC bench headed by Justice R F Nariman, stating consumers should have the option of seeking remedy under any provision — the Consumer Protection Act, IBC or RERA.
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