KOTTAYAM l MONDAY l AUGUST 12, 2019 l `7.00 l PAGES 14 l CITY EDITION #KeralaTragedy 72 57 Death toll missing 2.54 lakh 1,639 people in relief camps 265 KSRTC resumes services in many parts of Malabar, including on the Thamarassery ghat road. Several roads in Malappuram are not ready for travel yet 35 trains were cancelled on Sunday. Efforts on to repair the Kozhikode-Kannur rail line; Trains started plying on the Shoranur-Palakkad and T’Puram-Palakkad routes Kochi international airport, which was closed on Thursday night, resumes operations at Sunday noon. CIAL informed that all flights are starting service as per schedule n Rahul Gandhi, the MP from Wayanad, reaches Kerala, visits affected places in north Kerala houses fully damaged Defence units join rescue operations in Malappuram Members of Kasma Football Club rescue people who were trapped in their submerged houses on Sunday in Malappuram | ALBIN MATHEW | P5 n Kerala State Disaster Management Authority says winds with a speed of 45-55 kmph are likely on Kerala’s coast on Sunday & Monday HOPE & DESPAIR AS RAIN ABATES BODY COUNT SOARS AS RESCUE WORK MOMENTUM PICKS UP 10 BODIES FOUND AT PUTHUMALA, 7 PEOPLE STILL MISSING INTENSITY OF SHOWERS LESSENS IN STATE; NO RED ALERT FOR MONDAY 7 of family under debris, Sunil refuses to leave landslide site FOUR days have passed since four of his family, including wife and son, were washed away by the massive landslide at Kavalappara. But Sunil has stayed put at the site, gazing at the red mud. Although he is aware it might take a miracle to see them alive again, one can feel his hope and helplessness at the same time when he asks, “How can I leave here when my wife, son, father, sister and her kids are underneath this soil?” Residents of Kavalappara are being shifted to relief camps and other safe settlements. But, 35-year-old Sunil refuses to move from the site of the landslide, where about 50 residents are still missing. His dear ones - wife Santhakumari, 17-year-old son Sujith, 60-yearold father Anakkaran Palan, sister, her husband and two children -- are buried under tonnes of mud and soil that covered the vast area on the fringes of the hillock. “The landslide occurred with a heavy noise by around 8 pm. It all happened in a fraction of second,” said a tearful Sunil. Sunil was at his wife’s house nearby when tragedy struck, saving him by a hair’s breadth. Adding to his woes, the search operations for Sunil’s kin have not begun so far as the NDRF, police and Fire and Rescue personnel could not reach the spot until Sunday as the road to the , area was completely swept away Same is the situation for . about 18 families here. Rescue workers have commenced construction of a temporary way to the area to resume operations. “I was born and brought up here, but have never heard of a tragedy like this in the area,” he said. Similar heart-wrenching scenes unfolded at Kavalappara, where about 60 people have been feared killed in the big landslide that occurred on Thursday night. PINARAYI REVIEWS RELIEF WORK FISHERFOLK SAVE 4,326 LIVES NDRF JOINS RESCUE WORK AT PUTHUMALA T’Puram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan reviewed the relief and rescue operations on Sunday. He visited the Emergency Operations Centre and later convened a high-level emergency meeting at the Secretariat. Revenue Minister E Chandrashekharan, Chief Secretary Tom Jose, Southern Air command air officer in-charge, Air Marshal B Suresh among others attended. Kollam: Exactly a year after the 2018 floods, Kerala’s own army --- the fisherfolk --- are back in action. They have once again set out for the flood-hit areas to render the yeoman service, but this time in a well-coordinated way. The state Fisheries Department is coordinating the rescue operations in the floodaffected districts along with the fishermen from coastal areas. When the intensity of rain came down on Sunday, search operation for those who went missing in the landslide in Puthumala in Wayanad district gained momentum. Though the National Disaster Response Force, Fire and Rescue Services personnel and trained volunteers put in their best efforts to clear the debris, the deep slush was a major hindrance A R U N M @ Kavalappara (Nilambur) George, whose sister-in-law Shaila has been missing following Thursday’s massive landslide at Puthumala in Wayanad district, watches the rescue work | E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @Kochi Negative campaigns started doing the rounds from some centres --- mainly through social media. Taking part in such campaigns is an offence against the state, and the government has taken a serious note of it Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister THE intensity of rain lessened across Kerala on Sunday after four , days of copious downpour and landslides leaving death and destruction in their trail, but the misery continued for the flood-hit people. The death toll has climbed to 72 and 50odd people are still missing. Clouds are expected to be clear in the next couple of days with the Kerala State Disaster Management Authority predicting no ‘red alert’ though ‘orange alert’ has been issued for six districts -Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Idukki -- for Monday The Kochi airport, . which had been closed since Thursday evening, resumed operations on Sunday while most of the rail tracks and roads were opened for traffic. However, hundreds of people have been rendered homeless in the rain havoc. A total of 1,639 relief camps are sheltering nearly 2.5 lakh people across the state. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, meanwhile, asked the public not to be swayed by fake reports that the CM’s Relief Fund was being misused. “The government views such fake messages as a heinous crime against the state and its people. Only anti-socials can do such a thing,’’ he told media persons in Thiruvananthapuram. Hope is running out at Kavalappara in Malappuram, where an entire hill came down like a pack of cards on Friday as the rescue work, ers are still to find about 50 missing Cong ‘dynasty’ has not learnt, says Chauhan PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ Bhubaneswar SENIOR BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Sunday said dynasty politics was rejected in the last general elections, but the Congress did not learn from it and still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party . Chauhan said the BJP has set an example as its leaders grow in the party naturally, while the Congress is unable to move beyond a family . “I thought the Congress would learn from the poll outcome, but it is still clinging on to one family. It is surprising that the CWC still wants Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi to lead the party the ,” BJP vice-president told reporters here. In a resolution, the Congress Working Committee on Saturday appointed Sonia Gandhi the interim party chief till the AICC elects a regular president. Chauhan, a former Madhya Pradesh chief minister, said political parties governed by dynasty family and caste poli, tics were defeated everywhere including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in the general elections. People have also rejected the politics of appeasement in West Bengal and supported the BJP’s agenda of nationalism and development, he said. It seems the Congress is facing a scarcity of leaders with quality, strength and talent, Chauhan said adding that none can save the party if it fails to choose a leader through a democratic process. Ter ming Rahul Gandhi as “ranchod” (one who runs away from battlefield), the BJP leader said he acted like an escapist after the Congress’ debacle in the Lok S ab h a e l e c t i o n s, leaving the party in utter despair. Gandhi had quit as Congress president on May 25 after the Lok Sabha polls debacle. The BJP leader alleged that no one in the Congress remembers former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao as he did not belong to the Gandhi family . He also claimed that though Manmohan Singh was made the prime minister, the “mother-son duo” of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi controlled everything. T P SOORAJ people and it is feared that almost all of them may be buried under the huge pile of mud. A total of 12 bodies have been recovered so far from the site. “A private function was being hosted at the residence of an army personnel in Kavalappara. No one knows the exact number of people attending the event. But, there should be at least 50 people,” said a villager. The situation is not different at Puthumala in Meppadi in Wayanad, where 100 acres of tea plantation along with a mosque, temple and the canteen of the plantation company were swept away in a landslide on Thursday evening. One more body was recovered on Sunday while eight people are still missing. Sunil, who has been desolate, after missing seven members of his family to a landslide at Kavalappara | A SANESH Situation in Jammu & Kashmir peaceful ahead of Eid PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ Jammu/Srinagar AHEAD of Eid-ul Adha, banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open on Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop, while the administration said it was taking steps to facilitate availability of food and other items and offering of prayers in mosques on Monday . The usual hustle and bustle Shah: Scrapping Art 370 will end terrorism in Kashmir Chennai: UNION Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday asserted that removal of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution will lead to end of terrorism and result in the progress of the region. Speaking at the launch of a book on Vice-President M Venkiah Naidu here, Shah said he firmly believed that Art 370 that gave the special status to Jammu and Kashmir should be removed as it was not beneficial to the country. of the festival was missing in the Valley where normal life has been paralysed following heavy security deployment, restrictions on movement and curtailing of communication links after the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 on August 5. CBSE hikes exam fees for SC/ST pupils PRESS TRUST OF INDIA @ New Delhi THE Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has increased the fees of Class 10 and 12 board examinations for SC and ST students from `50 to `1,200 while the amount has been doubled for those from the general category, who will now have to pay `1,500. The board notified the changes in the fees last week and has asked the schools who had already begun the registration process and charged students as per the old fee structure, to now collect the difference in amount. According to the revised norms, the SC and ST students will have to pay `1,200 for five subjects while earlier they were supposed to pay `50 for the same, a hike of 24 times. The general category students who were paying `750 earlier, will now pay `1,500 for five subjects. “The fees is applicable for both Class 10 and 12 examinations,” a senior CBSE official said. For appearing for an additional subject in Class 12 board examination, the SC and ST students who were earlier not supposed to pay any extra fee, will now have to pay `300. General category students will also have to pay `300 for an additional subject, instead of `150 earlier. “100 per cent visually impaired students are exempted from paying CBSE examination fees. The student, who fails to deposit the difference in CBSE examination fee before the last date, will not be registered and will not be allowed to appear in the 2019-20 examination,” the official added. The migration fees which was `150 earlier, has also been increased to `350. The students enrolled in CBSE schools abroad will have to pay `10,000 for five subjects for both Class 10 and 12. Earlier it was `5,000. For them, the fees for an additional subject in Class 12 has been fixed at `2,000, as ag ainst `1,000 earlier. Officials said there has been no report of violence anywhere in the Valley . Normalcy was fast returning in most of the Jammu region where restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been completely lifted in five districts. In the other five districts, restrictions have been relaxed to facilitate Eid preparations, officials said. “Everything is peaceful. The restriction have eased and there has been lot of improve- ment in public and transport movement,” Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said. Magistrates have been deployed at every critical place to act as facilitators for the convenience of the general public, an official spokesperson said. Six ‘mandies’ and markets have been established in Srinagar city while 2.5 lakh sheep have been made available for public for sacrifice on Eid-ulAzha on Monday . Jaishankar arrives in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders P R E S S T U R S T O F I N D I A @ Beijing EXTERNAL Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Beijing on Sunday on a key three-day visit to hold talks with the Chinese leadership on a host of issues including finalisation of arrangements for President Xi Jinping’s visit to India later this year for the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The visit of Jaishankar, the first Indian minister to tour China after the Modi government began its second term, is also taking place in the aftermath of India’s decision to revoke special status to Jammu and Kashmir and its division into two Union Territories --- Jammu a n d K a s h m i r, a n d Ladakh. His visit was finalised much before India’s move to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Due to rain, edex supplement could not be distributed along with today’s edition. It will be distributed along with Tuesday’s edition.
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