Sudheeran and his family, along with the others in the Gowreesapattom area, were shifted from their homes in a boat after water rose to knee level in the area.

Congress leader VM Sudheeran and family rescued by boat after house floods
news Kerala Floods Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 15:28

Former President of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) VM Sudheeran and his family were rescued from their house in Gowreesapattom in Thiruvananthapuram to the government guest house, after water entered their home following heavy rains which lashed the capital city on Wednesday.

Sudheeran and his family, along with the others in the Gowreesapattom area, were shifted from their homes in a boat operated by the scuba team of the fire force after water rose to knee level in the area.

Speaking to Asianet News, Sudheeran said, “This is the first time that we are seeing floods of this kind in Thiruvananthapuram, ever since we moved to the city in 2005.”

While heavy rains lashed other districts in the state, the capital city did not report heavy rainfall over the last few days. But on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the city experienced heavy rains, so much so that water flooded many houses, important roads and even hospitals. Water has seeped into the lowest floor of Cosmopolitan hospital, a private hospital in the Kumarapuram area of Thiruvananthapuram.

Major roads in Thiruvananthapuram including the Karmana road, Attakulangara road, Kannammoola road, Kumarapuram and Pottakuzhy road have been reported to have been flooded following which traffic was disrupted in these areas.

Following the heavy rains and rise in water level, the shutters of the Peppara dam, Neyyar dam and Aruvikkara dam were opened, leading to the flooding in many areas of the district.

Since August 8, there has been widespread destruction in the state following incessant rains, causing rivers to overflow. The opening of shutters of 33 dams in the state has resulted in widespread damage to crops and properties.

In the last one week, 45 people have died, including six people on Wednesday morning, and four are missing. According to a rough estimate, more than one lakh people have been affected.

Idukki and Wayanad are the worst-hit districts, while Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam too have been badly affected.

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