WION Web TeamKozhikode, Kerala, IndiaJun 14, 2018, 02.13 PM
At least four people have died as heavy rain continued to pound Kozhikode district triggering multiple landslides in the hilly regions of the district.
Incessant rain triggered landslips at many places, including Kakkayam, Pulluramppara, Kattippara, Karinchola and Chamal areas of the rural belts of the district. Unconfirmed reports said 13 people are missing from these regions and a search operation was on to trace them.
The Thamarassery Police in Kozhikode district said that the bodies of four persons who died in landslides at 5 am on Thursday have been recovered.
Traffic on the Kozhikode-Mysore-Kollegal Highway was affected after a tree fell on the Thamarassery Ghat road. Vehicles have been diverted via the alternative Kuttiyadi road to reach Kozhikode. Similarly, traffic was disrupted after flooding at Nellamkandi near Koduvally.
The deceased have been identified as Bilna Sherin, 9, daughter of Abdul Saleem, Md Shahbaz, 3, son of Abdul Saleem (both siblings), Md Jazin, 5, son of Jaffer and 60-year-old Raheeman. All were kin.
They were residents of Karinchola House in Kattippara, police said. A search and rescue operation is underway, the authorities informed Mirror.