KOCHI: The Central government delegation has visited flood affected areas in the district to assess the extent of damage. The three-member team with Ashu Mathur, adviser to Finance Ministry, T.S. Mehra, resource commissioner of Ministry of Water Resources and Anil Kumar Sangi, joint secretary of National Disaster Management Authority have visited affected areas in Aluva and Paravur taluks.
District collector Muha-mmad Y Safirulla briefed the Central delegation on the damage caused by natural calamity.
The team visited Ezha-ttumugham, St. Xavier’s Church, Kuthiyathodu, Kanakkankadavu, Kuru-mbathuruth, Chendama-ngalam weavers’ village, Mattupuram, Chemmay-am and primary health centre Eloor.
The team reviewed the damage caused to the canal bund at Ezhattu-mugham, part of Edama-layar irrigation project. The bund washed off when Chalakudy River changed its course in heavy flooding. Roji John, MLA, briefed the officials on the details of houses destructed in delgue.
The officials visited the St. Xavier’s Church, Kuthiyathodu, where six persons were killed when the wall of the parish hall collapsed during the natural calamity.
V.K Ibrahim Kunju MLA and Kunnukara panchayat president Francis Tharayil briefed on the extent of damage in Kuthiyathodu, one of the worst affected areas. The partially damaged church is yet to be opened for worship.
V.D Satheesan, MLA, accompanied the team during the visit to St. Joseph Church at Kuru-mbanthuruth, the area which remained submerged for six days. The delegation later visited Karimbadam handloom cooperative society in Chendamangalam which suffered huge loss. The entire stock and raw materials of the society were damaged. Officials also assessed the damage caused to agriculture sector in Mattupuram where more than 1000 banana plants washed away.
RDO S. Shajahan, P.D Sheela Devi, deputy collector disaster management, district medical officer Dr. N.K Kutta-ppan, fisheries deputy director S. Mahesh, tehs-ildars and officials of various government dep-artments accompanied the team. After completing the visit, the team headed to Alappuzha.