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Chengannur MLA breaks down, pleads for 50,000 stranded


Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 18 (DC): The situation in Chengannur in Alappuzha district continues to be extremely grave with thousands of people marooned in different villages asking for help.

The worst affected is Pandanad where hundreds of people are stranded in buildings which are almost submerged.

Four panchayats in Chennganur are completely flooded. The situation is extremely grim in Edanad, Pandanad. Thiruvandoor and Nataka.

Other areas like Mangalam, Puthenkavu, Arattupuzha, Mannar adjoining Chengannur are cut off from the mainland for the past five days.

Chengannur MLA Saji Cherian has made a passionate appeal to the authorities including defence forces to rescue people in his constituency.

According to him nearly 50,000 people are still marooned and if helicopters are not deployed for airlifting them to safety, things could become worse.

"We are on the verge of a major catastrophe. Please help us, please save the lives of our people," he appealed through TV channels and social media.

Meanwhile, 15 big boats of army have been deployed since morning to carry out rescue operations and bring people to safety.

The people stranded in Chengannur area crying for food and water supply. Two helicopters have been deployed to airdrop food material, medicines and other relief materials.


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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Now its time show up 56 inch. pls work ,

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  • JAYESH.S., KARKALA

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    WHY NOW...???

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Please do not cry... Wait until help arrives or wait until flood water goes away...

    Henceforth please increase height of every dam to hold on additional water... Do not release water from all gates without giving people enough time to vacate..

    Always there should be a buffer zone to hold extra water in all the dams. At least 10 tmc extra water it should carry on emergency

    Or else all existing dams should carry on 75% capacity... Once dam reaches 75% capacity start release water and gradually increase outward flow...

    Take care

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  • Luv, Mlore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    This time is for help and support in whatever way possible...

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    This is a man made disaster..
    Natural way is all the rainwater flows to sea immediately... No stops..

    If you stop in between by constructing dams then should have absolute control over it.. In future don't create mess like this... Kerala government should take moral responsibility and should resign

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Just now your Subbu Swamy was shooting his mouth off 'Disasters do happen, even US and China had similar situation in the recent past'

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    @geofrey- These tragedies are very common in Himalayan ranges, Burma, and Indonesia.
    I hope you understood some points from flood control through dam... That will be great... Please spread positive message for policy change..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Don't worry,
    Modi has arrived ...

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  • Sampath, India

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Yes ..one and only god at the moment...

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  • JAYESH.S., KARKALA

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    HAHA..HA..NOW THEY UNDERSTAND. WHO IS THE SAVIOUR..

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  • arman, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    I Guess there serious problem in your brain......... 56 Inch has announced 500 CR ( People Money) and 1000 Cr to Bade Bhai University ( People Money). Only rich is getting all benefits. wake up Man. stop blind support .

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 18 2018

    Very sad.
    May Almighty God bless the people of Kerala.

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