Kalpetta: The Kabani river has dried up completely with the mercury crossing 35 degrees celsius in Wayanad. Even the ponds dug up by the tribal communities living on its banks have gone dry. The disappearance of the 240-km stretch in Kerala has also resulted in the thinning of river Cauvery, triggering off unrest recently in the agrarian regions of Tamil Nadu.
The water pumping station of Mullankolly panchayat at Kabanigiri may be closed as the water level in the huge well in the river has touched the bottom.
The villagers on the river bank at Kolavally, Seethamount, Parakkadavu, Perikkalloor and Parudeesa are struggling to get drinking water. Mullankolly panchayat president Girija Krishnan told DC that the well in the river would dry up soon.