Kuttanad Damaged By Monsoon

Published on: 24 Jul, 2013
Published under: Alappuzha District News, General Kerala News

July 23 2013
Pathanamthitta

Surrounded by filthy flood waters for the past 36 days, and under the threat of monsoon-related diseases, the people of Upper Kuttanad have been leading miserable lives since the beginning of the monsoon.

Flood-affected families in the Upper Kuttanad villages of Peringara, Niranom, Nedumpram, Kadapra and a portion of Kuttoor are seeking help from the authorities concerned in finding a lasting solution to this grave problem.

Official records show that as many as 1,200 houses and 50 settlement colonies in this part of Upper Kuttanad have been inundated in the recent floods. As many as 4,123 people were shifted to various flood relief camps opened by the district administration during June 17 and July 22.

With the monsoon picking up, this low-lying region that lies hardly 0.5 to 2 metres above the mean sea level, has been inundated. The incessant rain seldom left time for the flood waters to recede, leaving the area flooded. Though the people of Upper Kuttanad are familiar with floods, such a prolonged water-logging, mainly owing to the unscientific land conversions, turns out to be the bane of this paddy bowl, says Mr. Eapen.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/upper-kuttanad-in-monsoon-travails/article4947951.ece?ref=sliderNews

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