A house in Mundakayam in Kerala’s Kottayam district was washed away following heavy rainfall in the area. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
In the video, the one-storey house can be seen slowly toppling backwards as the ground beneath it crumbles away. It then falls and disappears in the heavy currents of the river in spate behind it. Bystanders look on, some yelling, but are unable to do anything.
The intense downpour in Kerala has taken a heavy toll in terms of life and property over the last couple of days. Landslides and rising water levels in rivers have washed away people, homes and businesses, resulting in damage to the tune of hundreds of crores in the rain-battered regions of the southern state.
According to latest reports, 26 people have been killed in rain-related incidents, including landslides and flash floods, since Friday. Kottayam and Idukki districts have borne the brunt of the devastation, with over a dozen people still missing in the wake of landslides accompanied by heavy downpour.
The NDRF and defence forces are conducting rescue and relief operations in the south and central parts of Kerala which are battered by heavy rains.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday and offered assistance to the southern state to tackle the situation.
Meanwhile, a scientist at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) claimed that the brief, intense rain spells in some regions in Kerala indicated mini cloudbursts, a factor that also led to casualties, damage and loss of properties, reported PTI.