Over 10,000 people along Periyar river moved to relief camps
Kochi, Aug 11 (PTI) Over 10,000 people living on the
banks of Periyar river and its tributaries have been shifted
to 78 camps opened in Ernakulam district as part of measures
taken by it to deal with the threats following release of
water from two major dams.
Officials said 10,510 people have been provided shelter
at 78 relief camps opened in Paravoor, Aluva, Kanayannur and
Kunnathunad taluks in the district.
The district authorities said they have made all
necessary preparations for providing food, drinking water and
medical facilities to the people shifted in the camps.
People said rise in water level in Periyar river has
affected their normal life.
Meanwhile, braving adverse weather conditions, thousands
of pilgrims thronged on the bank of Periyar river in Aluva to
perform 'Karkkidaka Vavu Bali' at a Lord Shiva temple known
for the annual ritual.
The temple situated in the middle of the river remained
submerged in gushing waters.
Ernakulam district administration officials said
elaborate arrangements were made by the government and temple
administration in the unaffected areas on the river bank for
the people to perform the 'Vavu Bali', a ritual, performed for
the departed souls of their ancestors.
Security was tightened along the shore of the river for
ensuring safety of the pilgrims.
Coast Guard and the National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) have been deployed to ensure safety and security of the
Police and Fire and Rescue services personnel were also
roped in to provide security.
Three boats, 20 lifeboats, 40 life-jackets, special ropes
and diving teams were were kept ready to meet any eventuality,
authorities said. PTI TGB ROH