With the recovery of two more bodies, the toll in landslips and flashfloods triggered by heavy rain in Kozhikode district has risen to five even as the Government sought the help of the Navy and the National Disaster Rescue Force in relief operations.

The search for three more persons reportedly missing are in progress, officials said.

Naval sources said two teams of naval personnel have already left for Kozhikode and Kannur districts.

Heavy rain had wrought havoc in Pulloorampara hill region of Kozhikode and Iritty in Kannur district.

The teams had been sent on request from the State Government. Each team consists of five divers and a medical professional, naval sources said.

Bodies of two men, including that of an aged person, and a woman were recovered today.

Earlier, a 75-year-old man who was injured when flash floods washed away his house yesterday, succumbed to injuries in hospital today, police said.

The body of a three-year-old boy was recovered yesterday.

Rescue operations were hampered by the heavy rain in the morning, but with a let-up in the downpour at Pullorampara, relief works had been speeded up, sources said.

About 30 houses have been washed away in flash floods.

The downpour caused four landslips in Pullorampara and several roads were swept away, while large boulders and stones fell on the roads. Two small bridges connecting the region to Kuttiyadi and Mananthavadi have been submerged.

Though there was a let-up in the rains that have been lashing Iritty in Kannur district since yesterday, heavy rains followed by landslips occurred in the region this morning, inundating low lying areas. About 120 shops in Iritty town were submerged, sources said.

A team of the National Disaster Rescue Force will arrive in Kannur shortly for rescue and relief work, officials said.

Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, who visited Iritty, told presspersons the Government would take steps to mitigate the suffering of the people due to rain.

(This article was published on August 7, 2012)
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