The district administration has opened 75 relief camps after heavy rain and sea erosion wreaked havoc in the district on Monday.

Officials said that 19,708 people of 4,199 families had been shifted to relief camps. “The intensity of rain has come down, but flooding and sea erosion continues in several parts,” officials said.

Authorities said one house was destroyed and 24 houses were damaged in Kuttanad on Monday. Besides, 21 houses were damaged in the Chengannur and Mavelikara taluks. The total loss was estimated at Rs. 12 lakh.

Agriculture in several hectares was destroyed due to flooding. Officials said paddy cultivation in around 500 ha was damaged. Most of the low-lying areas in the district, especially in Kuttanad region, continue to remain submerged. The KSRTC has suspend services on the Alappuzha-Changanassery Road and to parts of Kuttanad.

Holiday

District Collector S. Suhas has declared a holiday for educational institutions, except professional colleges, in Cherthala, Ambalapuzha, Kuttanad and Karthikappally taluks on Tuesday. Schools functioning as relief camps will remain closed.

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