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Relentless rain savages Kerala

Many of the marooned families including senior citizens and infants have been without food, water and power supply since Wednesday.

Suspension of operations at the Kochi International Airport at Nedumbassery has been extended till August 26 due to heavy waterlogging. All services from the Thiruvananthapuram Central station were suspended. Over 25 trains were either cancelled or rescheduled, a Southern Railway statement said. Passengers were stranded as several trains were terminated ahead of their destinations. Road traffic was disrupted at several places, communication lines were down and many parts of the State were without power supply, hampering rescue efforts.

Idukki landslips

A major landslip at Vettilapara in Eranad taluk in Malappuram claimed the lives of eight persons. Landslips and floods occurred at several places in Idukki and the high ranges in the district remained cut off for the second day following heavy rains.

Another massive landslip occurred at Amabayathode in Kottiyur village in Kannur, causing extensive damage to crops and property. Local people have been directed to relocate to safer places. The Attapady tribal belt and Nelliyampathy hill station were isolated following a series of landslips on Thursday morning.

Patients in hospitals and students in college hostels were among those marooned by floodwaters. Hundreds of students were marooned at the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in Kalady near Kochi.

A high alert was issued for residents along the banks of the Chittur river after Tamil Nadu prepared to release 11,000 cusecs of water from the inter-state Aliyar to Palakkad.

The Periyar, Chalakudy, Bharathapuzha, Kunthipuzha and Bhavani rivers were in spate. Kochi city remained tense as waters from the Periyar began invading more areas along the banks in Ernakulam. The district administration began evacuating people from flood- prone areas.

The Kochi Metro services were suspended after the yard at Muttom was flooded. Traffic along the Kozhikode-Bangalore, Kottayam-MC road, Kottayam- Kattapana and Kalady MC roads was disrupted and vehicles stranded at many locations.

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