Malappuram: A massive crack, growing in size by the day, has sent locals in Kottakkal into a tizzy. Experts from the NCESS (National Centre for Earth Science Studies) will reach here within a couple of days to study the strange fissure which has appeared at Klari panchayat in Perumanna, Kottakkal.
The NCESS was alerted about the phenomenon by KSDMA (Kerala State Disaster Management Authority) based on a message sent by the district collector.
The fissure is over 70 metres in length and half to two feet broad. Though local people tried to measure its depth, they failed. A lamb which was grazing on the plot fell into the gap the other day. Efforts to save the animal, belonging to Paruthikkunnan Samad, have not met with success so far. Even an earthmover was brought for the rescue effort.
On one side of the chasm, which runs across two properties, lies a road. There are several houses in the vicinity.
The fissure had first appeared on the compound of the house belonging to Paruthikkunnan Sainudeen four years ago. It gradually became larger and extended to the house, which began to crumble.
Though revenue authorities were informed of the phenomenon, it is alleged that they did not take effective action.
Officials advised Sainudeen to demolish the house, but did not give him permission to build another house. Left with no option, the family pulled down the house and shifted to another locality.
According to the local people, the gap is becoming bigger day by day. It has reached the neighbouring house, belonging to Pottamchola Raheem, causing damage.
District collector Amit Meena on Thursday issued directives to relocate Raheem’s family, which include his wife and four children.
Strange sounds are often heard from deep below the ground, said the family. This could be due to the chasm becoming wider, they said.
It is being pointed out that authorities had earlier found that the fissure was caused by the proliferation of borewells in the area. However, no scientific study was conducted in this regard.
Officials belonging to the district disaster management and revenue departments visited the spot.