Thiruvananthapuram, June 14: Three people died and eight people were feared trapped in a landslide due to heavy rainfall, in Kozhikode’s Kattipara in Kerala. Search and rescue operations were underway, reported news agency ANI. The city also saw massive flooding following incessant rain. Heavy rain and landslides have almost fully consumed the Kozhikode district with extensive damage to lives and properties. Four houses got washed away in the landslides.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed chief secretary and district collectors to take action immediately. Currently, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Management (SDM) teams are present in Kozhikode for damage-control. With heavy rains lashing the state, waterlogging was also witnessed in several parts of Kozhikode.
Earlier on Saturday, the strong wind which hit parts of the state led to falling of trees and electric poles at several locations causing traffic issues and blockade of roads. The rain also caused major damage to crops and property in Idukki, Kozhikode, and Kannur districts.
On June 11, the death toll in rain-related incidents in Kerala had risen to 13 after heavy rains claimed four more lives. Several parts of the state have been witnessing heavy rainfall since the onset of monsoon. The four deaths were reported from Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts.
Most of the deaths in Kerala happened due to drowning in swollen rivers and after trees fell on them. In the state capital, a man was electrocuted to death when he came in contact with a power line that snapped in gusty winds at nearby Neyyatinkara, while another died in a tree fall.