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Heavy rainfall in Kerala; toll touches 6

india Updated: May 26, 2009 21:50 IST

One fishermen died in Alappuzha on Tuesday as heavy rains lashed the southern coast of Kerala, taking the toll in South West Monsoon related incidents to six since its onset two days back.

The fisherman, identified as Shibu, drowned while fishing in rough sea.

Two migrant labourers from Bengal, were drowned in Ithikkara river in Kollam while two other deaths were reported from Alappuzha and one from Thrissur on Monday night.

Revenue Minister KP Rajendran in a press release said District Collectors of affected districts had been instructed to open 24-hour control rooms to monitor the situation.

They had also been asked to arrange medical care for people affected by the rains. A state-level control room has been opened in Thiruvananthapuram.

Special camps had been set up in Koyilandi near Kozhikode where 28 members belonging to six families, affected by sea erosion, had been rehabilitated, official sources said.

In the last two days, eight houses had been totally destroyed and 168 houses partially damaged in the rains. Crops in an area of 8.5 hectares in Thrissur had been completely submerged, sources said.

Meanwhile, cases of chikungunya and cholera have been reported from Kozhikode and Alappuzha districts.