Kerala: Houses washed away, 13 missing and landslide in Kottayam

by Kerala | 16-10-2021 | 390 views

Kottayam: Heavy rain has triggered a landslide at Kottayam on Saturday. The landslide occurred at Plappally in Koottikkal here. Three houses were washed away and 13 people went missing. As per reports, 6 people from the same family are also among those who went missing. MLA Sebastian Kulathunkal has informed that three bodies were recovered.

Huge damage was reported at Kootikkal following the heavy downpour. "3 houses and a shop were washed away. 3 dead bodies have been recovered. As heavy rain and mudslides are continuing in the area, the rescue personnel are unable to reach the spot. People are completely stranded at Koottikkal," said MLA.

Panchayat president Saji Mon informed that three bodies were recovered following the landslide at Kavali region in Plappally. It is reported that Koottikkal is witnessing the worst flood in recent years.

Koottikkal junction is flooded with water. Major junctions including Enthayar, Koottakkayam and Kanjirappally town are also inundated.

District administration authority has informed that road traffic is completely blocked by the heavy rain and flood. People are shifting to the second floor of the nearest house. The officials have been discussing shifting the people to safe spots.

Meanwhile, minister VN Vasavan has informed that Chief Minister assured the service of the Air Force for rescue operations at eastern regions of Kottayam district. The minister also added that he will visit the Erattupetta-Mundakayam area where rescue operations are in progress.

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