Malappuram, August 12: Heavy rains have continued wreaked havoc in Kerala. A death toll has risen to 76 on Monday. Amongst the dead were two sisters who were very close to each other. Their bodies were buried in the same grave. The two sisters - four-year-old Anagha and eight-year-old Aleena were trapped in a landslide in Kerala's Malappuram district on Thursday. Kerala Rains: Red Alert Issued for Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Schools, Colleges in Malappuram to Remain Shut.
According to a report published in The News Minute, the two sisters and their siblings used to sleep on the same bed every night, hugging each other, so their parents wanted them to be buried in the same grave. Both the sisters were trapped in a massive landslide that wiped off Kavalappara village. Around 40 houses were destroyed in landslides in the Muthappankunnu hill in Kavalappara. Kerala Floods: 76 Dead, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kozhikode Districts Worst Hit.
The house of the deceased was at the top of the hill. When the landslide took place, Aleena's father Victor and other family members pull out the three children from the house, while both the sisters got trapped. At the time of the incident, Victor's brother and Anagha's father Thomas was away. After receiving the information, he immediately came back. Monsoon 2019: IMD Predicts Nationwide 'Normal' Rainfall For June to September Period.
On Friday, Victor and other villagers managed to pull out Anagha from the rubble, but she died soon. Till Saturday, villagers could not rescue Aleena. According to the report, so far 14 dead bodies have been recovered, including those of the two sisters.
According to Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), as many as 58 have been reported missing while 32 people have been injured due to flood-related incident across the state till August 11. In Malappuram district alone, 23 people have died followed by Kozhikode with 17 death and Wayanad with 12.