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Kerala floods: Thrissur town comes under water, traffic hit

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 17, 2018, 3:25 am IST
Updated Aug 17, 2018, 4:47 am IST
Railway ticket sale stopped in Thrissur Railway Station as rail transport came to standstill.
An RTC bus tries to navigate through the heavily flooded Chalakudy-Muringoor national highway  on Thursday. (Image  ANUP K. VENU)
 An RTC bus tries to navigate through the heavily flooded Chalakudy-Muringoor national highway on Thursday. (Image ANUP K. VENU)

Thrissur: Almost all parts of Thrissur town and Chalakudy region have gone under water due to the relentless rains that started in the district since Tuesday morning.

A total of 22 persons died in rain related incidents on Thursday including 13 at Kuranchery in Wadakkanchery in a landslide.

 

The most disturbing fact about the rains is that there is no let up and it seems like on Wednesday night, there will be rains through out Thursday night taking the flood situation to a tipping point.

Road connectivity in the district has been distubed completely with the Thrissur Guruvayur Highway closed due to flooding of areas like Puzhakkal paddy fields by the highway in Thrissur to Choondal paddy fields near Kechry.

Punkunnam, Patturakkal and Cheroor areas in Thrissur Town are under water and since Thursday morning residents in the town are flocking to relief camps.

 

The most affected area is Chalakudy with the water in Chalakudy River breaching both its banks and 5 helicopters and 16 Naval boats engaged in rescue operation.

The water level in the Chalakudy River has rised shockingly as water from Sholayar and Peringalkuthu Dams upstream of Athirapally waterfalls are gushing into the river.

Those residing on both the sides on river banks up to a kilometer on both sides are moving to safer zones. Railway ticket sale stopped in Thrissur Railway Station as rail transport came to standstill. Water entered three hospitals- Daya, Metropolitan and Sun Medical and Research Center in Thrissur town.

 

Toll collection at Paliyekkar Toll Plaza is called off.  Rescue teams are  find it tough to reach Veluppadam and Varadarappilly regions as several people trapped in their homes due to flood water.  

As many as 1,000 persons trapped inside Muringoor Divine Retreat Centre have not been fully shifted yet.

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