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Nation Current Affairs 13 Aug 2019 Kozhikode: Rescue mi ...

Kozhikode: Rescue mission on with vigour

Published Aug 13, 2019, 3:35 am IST
Updated Aug 13, 2019, 3:35 am IST
63 bodies yet to be found in Kavalappara.
Flood survivors on cleaning mission at their house at Cheruvannur, Karimbadam  in Kozhikode on Monday.
 Flood survivors on cleaning mission at their house at Cheruvannur, Karimbadam in Kozhikode on Monday.

Kozhikode: The rescue mission by Army and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) along with volunteers continued at both Puth-umala in Wayanad and Kavalappara in Malapp-uram district on Sunday.

They recovered six mo-re bodies from Kavalappara in Bhoodanam near Pothukallu, but no bodies from Puthumala.


At Kavalappara, according to village panchayat administration, 63 bodies are yet to be found. Localities demand more effective search with procline support.

The failure of even local people to identify the exact spots where houses located also is affecting the search operations.

At Puthumala, seven people are still missing. The search for the missing will continue in the coming days, according to the district administration.

Meanwhile, the Uralun-gal Labour Contract Coo-perative Society extended its support to the Waya-nad district administration to provide technical support. The waterlogging here would be sorted out applying modern technology. The concrete slabs of the dilapidated bridge would be removed to drain out water from the marshy land.

According to sub-collector N.S.K. Umesh, no vehicle other than that of officials and rescue workers would be allowed to the disaster spot. The flow of curious visitors is creating roadblocks causing impediments for rescue operations, he said.

Mr Umesh said that the rescue operations are on with added vigour with 11 earthmovers, unlike earlier days. Though weather conditions improved with less rain, the marshy land makes progress slow.

So far, they recovered ten bodies from here.

Seven more people are still missing from the Puthumala villages wiped off by a major landslide on August 8.

The villagers fear landslides could happen again, and those who live in the relief camps are not at all thinking of going back. With nothing left, they shifted to camps and are waiting for a rehabilitation package from the government.

They hope that Chief Minister Prinarayi Vijayan, who is visiting them on Tuesday, would anno-unce a package including compensation.