Pilgrims From Sabarimala Stranded in Pampa

Published on: 23 Sep, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Pathanamthitta District News

September 22, 2013

Many Sabarimala pilgrims were stranded at Pampa for about five hours on Saturday with the swollen river Pampa breaching its banks and inundating the roads leading to the Ganapati Temple as well as the Pampa Manalpuram in the forenoon.

The swollen Pampa breached its banks with the floodwater gushing from the reservoirs of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) at Kochu Pampa around 8.30 a.m. The roads cutting across Pampa Manalpuram were submerged in the flood by 8.45 a.m., literally blocking the passage of pilgrims between the right and left banks of the river.

The police and the rescue team attached to the Fire and Rescue Force prevented the pilgrims from wading through the water and crossing the river as it involved high risk.

A large number of Sannidhanam-bound pilgrims who reached the opposite bank of river Pampa had to wait for a few hours to cross the river. The KSEB closed the Kochu Pampa dam shutters by 11.30 a.m. and the flood water started receding from by 1 p.m.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/pilgrims-stranded-at-pampa/article5156357.ece

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