3 killed in Kozhikode flash floods, rescue operation continues for others


Flash flood swept away six persons of a nine-member group, who ventured into Kadanthara river for bathing, at Pookkanthod in Maruthongara panchayt near Kuttyadi in Kozhikode on Sunday. A rescue team recovered the bodies of three young men washed away by floods.

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They are believed to be a group of students and labourers, all residents of Kozhikode.  The team recovered Rajeesh's body on Sunday night, and that of two others, including a man named Shine Shashi, early on Monday morning. The other body is yet to be identified. 

The bodies of the two identified men will be handed over to their families after the post-mortem is conducted at Kutiyadi taluk hospital. 

According to reports, three of the nine men, Amal, Jishnu and Vineesh, managed to save themselves and have been hospitalised. The Fire and Rescue team is conduting a search for another three men who remain missing. 

A team of NDRF personnnel from Thrissur district have been roped in for the rescue operations. According to reports, a landslide in the forests and a cloudburst are the likely reasons for the sudden rise in water levels that snared the youngsters. 

State Ministers TP Ramakrishnan and AK Saseendran visited the area to monitor rescue efforts.