Kottayam receives heavy rainfall

Kottayam: Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed Kottayam district on Wednesday.

A rain induced landslip was reported near a railway tunnel in Chingavanam, cutting off rail road connectivity between Kottayam and Thiruvananthapuram. A few roads running by the Meenachil river in the district also collapsed due to water logging in the Kottayam Municipal Corporation region.

Mudslides were reported in Arpookara and near the railway tunnel in Kottayam. Soil and boulders rolled over on the railway tracks near the first tunnel of the Kottayam railway line.

Rail traffic on the route came to a grinding halt following the incident.

Electric posts near the tunnel were uprooted in the mudslide. Efforts are on to clear the debris.

In Arpookara, mudslides occurred in a residential area. Four houses in the area have been partially buried under the soil.

Kottayam district and its neighbouring areas have been receiving heavy rains for the last 10 hours. Precautions have been taken in case the water level in Meenachil river rises or a landslide occurs in the nearby areas.

If the rains continue unabated, areas like Kumarakom could be waterlogged.

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