Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will take a stock of the situation in Idukki mainly to assess the magnitude of the disaster triggered by rains and landslips. It’s being said that the CM will also decide on the relief package to compensate the devastation suffered by the high range district.
     
The government has already allotted Rs 84 crore for urgent relief works in Idukki and neighbouring districts.
    
Rescuers led by a team of National Disaster Relief Force, resumed search in the worst-affected Chiyyampara area, where five persons were killed in a major landslide. The rescuers are mainly looking for those who are feared to be trapped inside vehicles, which got buried under mounds of rubble, official sources said.
    
Traffic has been partly restored in the National Highway linking Idukki with rest of the state, which remained blocked till Tuesday morning due to flash floods and rubble spawned by a series of landslips.
    
The Cochin International Airport at nearby Nedumbassery was also shut on Monday as taxi and parking bays continued to remain water-logged.
   
A report from Kochi said that operations at the airport would commence by 3:30 pm on Tuesday. Airport Director AKC Nair said that as of now there is no waterlogging and they were confident of operating flights from Tuesday evening.

(Agencies)

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