Wayanad: Rescue operations continued in Wayanad round the clock with the firefighters carrying on the arduous task on Saturday.
They have rescued more than 2,000 people from danger zones in the last three days, attending to 120 emergency rescue requests.
More than 70 people were rescued under perilous circumstances through a single rope in Kolavayal area in Kalpetta.
Officers Arun Alphonse of Kozhikode region and V. C. Vishwanath of Wayand led the teams clearing 60 roadblocks from fallen trees.
Some 140 personnel drawn from fire stations in Kalpetta, Mananthavady, Sulthan Bathery, Perambra, Vellimadukunnu, Meenchanda and Beach are in the flood-hit zones of Wayanad.
Community rescue volunteers, a group formed by fire force in the last flood season has enlisted more than 200 workers.
Teams from Kollam and Palakkad also are engaged in search and rescue. They retrieved two dead bodies during searches in Kariyathumpara colony, Muttil hill, despite the threat of another avalanche.
They rescued bedridden older woman along with nine people trapped in a home submerged in floodwater by rowing over three kilometres amidst the fast water currents in midnight near Maniyangod.
Fire and Rescue wing members from Kalpetta also engaged in rescue operations selflessly in the adverse circumstance in Meppadi as avalanche disrupted commutation for kilometres.
Operations in Korom, Palery, Kuruva island, Koyileri and Oorpally areas were horrendous as the rescue of four youngsters blocked in a tree took hours carrying them in a dinghy in the raging waters of Chekodi river....