Thiruvananthapuram sources added that District collectors in Kozhikode, Kottayam, Alappuzha and Wayanad have declared a holiday for schools and all academic institutions on Thursday following heavy rains and flash floods. Accordingly five people including three children were killed in flash floods and landslides at Kattippara in Thamarassery in Kozhikode. Meanwhile as per report the school buildings are functioning as relief camps for those affected by the floods and landslides.
Media reports added all academic institutions barring professional colleges and anganwadi in areas such as Arpookara, Aymanam, Manarcaud, Vijayapuram, Kumarakom and Thiruvaruppu in Kottayam district will remain shut on Thursday. Moreover in Wayanad district, all academic institutions apart from professional colleges have been declared shut. Furthermore in Vellarikundu Taluk of Kasargode district all academic institutions have been declared shut.
Presently the National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) has been called in for rescue and relief work in hilly
areas. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan posted on his Facebook page
that a 48 member team of the NDRF will be immediately dispatched to Kozhikode
and that another team of the NDRF will be stationed in the state to face any
other rain-related emergencies.
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