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Chief Minister visits disaster-hit places in Idukki

Chief Minister visits disaster-hit places in Idukki

Idukki: Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Tuesday morning visited places affected by the monsoon havoc in the district. He was accompanied by Revenue Minister Adoor Prakash and Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan.

The State Cabinet, which met on Monday, had discussed the issue and sanctioned Rs.2 lakh as compensation to the next of kin of each of the dead.

Two teams of the Army and four teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are carrying out search operations in the worst-affected Chiyyampara, where five persons were killed in a major landslip. They are mainly looking for those who may have been trapped in vehicles buried under mounds of rubble, sources said.

Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph and Electricity Minister Aryadan Mohammed are already overseeing relief operations in the district.

The Cabinet, which is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, will review the situation in Idukki. An all party meeting has also been convened at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss relief measures.

Some 20,000 people hit by incessant rains and floods have been shifted to relief camps in Idukki as well as Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur districts.

Heavy rain in the State since Sunday afternoon has caused huge loss to life and property, especially in Idukki district, where 11 deaths were reported.

Ernakulam, Kottayam and Pathananthitta districts have also been badly affected by incessant rains.

Several rivers in the State, including Periyar and its tributaries are in spate and several places have been inundated.

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