Adimali: On Wednesday, Mujeeb returned home from work in the evening as usual. His children were already home as schools in the area were forced to wind up a few hours early as a measure of precaution in view of the incessant rain.
Around 7 pm, Sainudheen, a relative of Mujeeb’s wife Shemeena came to visit them. They all had dinner together and went to sleep. Before falling asleep, they might have heard the landslide warnings issued by the Adimali grama panchayat authorities through the vehicle-mounted public address system.
Mujeeb and family, who have been living in the house located along the slope of a hill for the past eighteen years, slept peacefully unaware of the threat lurking just outside.
Everything was over in a fraction of a second when a heap of rubble fell on their house around midnight following a landslide triggered by the flood water. Mujeeb, 38, wife Shemeena, 30, their children Diya, 7, and Niya, 4, and Mujeeb’s mother Fathima, 50, died after being buried under debris.
Mujeeb’s father Hassankutty, 70, and Shemeera’s uncle Sainudeen, 50, have been admitted to Adimali taluk hospital with serious injuries.
Braving inclement weather, local people rummaged through the debris, in hopes that the two kids would be rescued alive though they knew the scope of saving the lives was bleak. Devastated, they could not hold back tears when the bodies of Diya and Niya were found lying under a heap of boulders after a frantic search.
The family was staying in a small house with sheet roofing before they renovated it recently.
The region had been experiencing incessant rain since the early hours of Monday, which led to flooding of several low-lying areas in Adimali grama panchayat and landslips in many places along the national highway.