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Idukki still on alert; landslips continue

Relief and rescue operations are under way in full swing in the rain-battered hill district of Wayanad.

The District Disaster Management Committee (DDMC) deployed teams of the Navy from Kochi and Ezhimala and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu and Defence Security Corps (DSC) from Kannur in various parts of the district, including Venniyodu, Bavali, Palvelichom, Thnikkal and Neervaram, for evacuation, relief and rescue operations following unprecedented rain in the district on Friday, A.R. Ajayakumar, District Collector, told
The Hindu
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After three days of heavy rain in Wayanad, there was a little lull on Friday morning. However, the major tributaries of the Kabani, including the Mananthavady, Panamaram and Nugu rivers, are in spate in many low-lying areas of the district.

Rivers start receding

Special Correspondent writes from Kannur: Even as rains continued in the eastern hill areas of the district causing damage to property and crops, flood situation improved by Friday morning as water level in the rivers started receding. According to officials, the intensity of the rain tapered off by Friday morning and the sky was not as cloudy as it had been over the past few days.

The water level in the upstream of the Valapattanam river at Iritty started receding by Friday morning. Many villages in the Iritty taluk had experienced the fury of the rains and landslips in several places that caused heavy damage to property and crops.

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