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rain havoc The damaged bridge on Vadattupara- Bhoothathankettu road: Manorama

Palakkad: It was providential escape for a couple stranded for five days on the Puthur Konar island on the Bhavani river in Attappadi on Wednesday. Mannarkkad natives Sugunan and his wife, Valsala, were stranded on the island after the waters rose and marooned the island following a heavy spell of rain in the past week.

The Fire and Rescue Services, the police and the people managed to string a line from the island to the other bank. They then extricated the couple in a Tyrolean traverse, a method in which people move across deep spots on a line without cart support. The technique needs the user to rappel parallel to the rope.

The video of the rescue went viral on social media too.

Heavy rain

With the south-west monsoon gaining strength over Kerala, heavy rain continued to lash various parts of the state. Several areas were submerged by floodwaters. In residential areas too many drains were overflowing, raising concerns of epidemic outbreak.

Rain Havoc A woman being rescued from the waterlogged island in Bhavani river | Manorama

In Kalladikod Palakkayam area, landslide damaged two houses. Rubber trees were uprooted and mud slides were reported. Heavy rain continued in areas close to Shiruvani forest in Palakkad.

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    The monsoon-induced showers give a harrowing time to people in low-lying areas.

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    The paddy fields and the backwaters become one and the fields get ready for a fresh crop. Photo: Jinse Michale

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    Traffic moves on even as a bridge is on the brink of submergence. A scene from Idukki.

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    Better to have some fun with the puddle than to crib about the muddle. Photo: Jibin Chempola

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    It is a valiant effort to keep up with schedule.

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    It is a dangerous brew as proper sanitation is a watered down proposition as the monsoon sets in. Photo: Jibin Chempola

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    Fighting nature's fury can be a tough task.

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    After a spell of heavy rain, two-wheeler riders and pedestrians have apparently grown immune to the chaos. Photo: Jibin Chempola

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    The Bharathapuzha is a fluvial splendour. A scene from Shoranur, Palakkad, Kerala.

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    Rain seldom stops workers from venturing out to the fields. Photo: Jinse Michale

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    Water water everywhere, why not conserve some? Photo: Jibin Chempola

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    Rain rain go away, little scholars on their way. A scene from Kiliroor Government UP School, Kottayam. Photo: Jibin Chempola

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    The waterfalls of Kerala come alive in the monsoon. A snap from near Munnar, Idukki, Kerala.

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    The monsoons bring out the performer in everyone. Photo: Jinse Michale

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East

Heavy rain was reported from the eastern areas of Ernakulam district. Vehicular traffic was disrupted when a culvert on the Kothamangalam-Bhoothathankettu Edamalayar road collapsed. This resulted in the isolation of two tribal colonies and around 10,000 people of Vadattupara.

The hilly areas of Kozhikode, which suffered massive losses due to landslides and flash floods, were getting heavy rain. More than 40 families were shifted to relief camps in Kodancheri Thiruvambadi panchayats. Three relief camps were functional in two panchayats.

madikkayam-rain Rain brought extensive damage with rivers overflowing: M T Vidhuraj

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