Two fishermen dead, toll in Kerala rain touches 79

Two fishermen were killed after high waves hit their fishing boat near Chirayankeezh in Thiruvananthapuram. PTI

Two fishermen were killed after high waves hit their fishing boat near Chirayankeezh in Thiruvananthapuram, early on Friday.

The deceased were identified as Paniyadima (56) and Varghese (45). Four others who were in the country boat were rescued by other fishermen.

Even as the southwest monsoon is on retreat mode after causing extensive damage in the northern districts earlier this week, rough sea conditions were reported from Malappuram and traffic restrictions remained in place in landslip-prone areas. Munnar and Peerumed in Idukki district (10 cm and 9 cm respectively) recorded the day’s biggest rainfall. The Meteorological Centre in Thiruvananthapuram has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall from July 13 to 17.

DAMAGE TRAIL: Since the onset of the southwest monsoon in Kerala, 79 people were killed in rain-related incidents in the state and 25 people were injured. Official figures said 283 houses were destroyed and 7,213 houses were damaged. Crops on 7751.6 hectares of land were damaged. The state government has opened 180 rehabilitation camps that house about 3,000 people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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