Four acres of land was washed away in a landslip following torrential rain at Ilappally, near Kudaythur, on Wednesday . Normal life has been disrupted in the district for the past three days and the rain, accompanied by strong winds, has caused damage to standing crops.

Rubber cultivation was destroyed in the landslip at Ilapally. As the area is away from human habitation, no casualty was reported.

An official of the Agriculture Department said this was a major landslip in the district since the monsoon started. However, the damage to crop was limited as there was only rubber cultivation there.

The official said total damage to standing crops was estimated at Rs. 21.52 crore. Cultivation in 2,236 ha of land was destroyed in rain till Wednesday.

The main crops damaged were plantain cultivation followed by cardamom and pepper. Almost all cultivation, including vegetables, was damaged in the rain, he said.

A house was damaged when a tree fell on it at Nedumkandam on Wednesday. Another house was partially damaged at Calverymount in Idukki taluk. Power supply remained disrupted in the High Range areas.

Traffic on the Kollam-Theni National Highway at Nellimala and Kakkikaval was partially disrupted on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Periyar-Chottupara rivulet got flooded.

The tourism town of Munnar wore a deserted look with very few tourists. The highest rainfall of the season,11.5 cm, was recorded in Munnar on Monday. Edamalakkudy tribal grama panchayat inside the Munnar forest division still remained cut-off from outside as the only road to the village was washed away in the rain last month.

According to an official of the District Disaster Management Cell, Peerumade taluk recorded the highest rainfall of 118 cm on Wednesday followed by Devikulam, 102.8 mm.

The rainfall in Idukki taluk was 94 mm while Thodupuzha taluk received 78.3 mm rainfall. Udumbanchola received 29.2 mm rainfall on Wednesday.

Almost all the small dams have reached their full capacity level.

alert has been sounded to the people living in the downstream areas of Kallarkutty, Lower Periyar and Malankara dams that the shutters would be opened any time.

The water level in the Mullaperiyar dam crossed 123 ft on Wednesday. The maxium water level is 142 ft.

Holiday declared

The Idukki District Collector K. Jeevan Babu has announced holiday for all educational institutions including professional colleges on Thursday due to heavy rains in the district, said a release here on Wednesday.

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