Heavy rain continues to lash Marayur

Many trees including sandalwood trees were uprooted and houses collapsed as heavy winds accompanied by rain lashed Marayur on Saturday.

Traffic on the Marayur-Munnar stretch of the Kochi-Dhanushkodi National Highway was disrupted for nearly an hour when huge trees fell on the road around 3.30 p.m. The police and Fire and Rescue Services personnel, with the help of local people, removed the trees and traffic was partially restored by 4.30 p.m.

Several tourist vehicles got stranded on the road and heavy vehicles were allowed to pass only after restoring the two-way traffic on the narrow stretch. There was heavy flow of tourist vehicles to Munnar being Saturday and Sunday, two consecutive holidays.

Power supply disrupted

Power supply was disrupted as rain had pulled down several electric posts. Officials of the Kerala State Electricity Board said it would take days to fully restore the power supply. Electric lines were cut off and were seen lying on the road. At Nachivayal and Pallanadu, many houses were damaged in the winds and three persons sustained minor injuries. There were large-scale losses to standing crops, especially vegetable crops, in the rain-shadow area of Marayur and Kanthallur. Farmers were preparing vegetables for Onam harvest, the main crop season in Kanthallur. In water-logged areas, sowing of the seeds was affected.

Normally, the Marayur, Kanthallur and Vattavada areas receive only mild rainfall during the southwest monsoon.

But there was heavy rainfall this season, putting the farmers in the fear that the rainfall could affect their vegetable crops. Kanthallur and Vattavada are the main vegetable producing villages in the State.

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