Dengue Cases Also On The Rise In The Region

With three more children dying in the last two days, the number of malnutrition related deaths in Attappadi became 33 this year.

Investigation report on death of tribal infants at Attappady

A UNICEF investigation report on the recent infant deaths at Attappady says that “anaemia in pregnant mothers and inadequate nutrition” are the main causes for the tragedy.

On 28 MAY, as the rest of Kerala was eagerly waiting for the monsoon rains, a distraught Veera Swami performed the last rites of his four-month- old son in Pagalayur village.

CAG sees weak political will, highlights failure of scheme

A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report has charged the State with a lack of political will in providing land to landless tribal people in the State.
The Audit Report (General and Social Sector) of the CAG for the financial year 2011-12 accuses the government of tardy implementation of a Rs. 175-crore scheme for the resettlement of landless tribal people launched in 2001.

Thiruvananthapuram: Besides a government failure in disseminating the benefits of numerous social welfare schemes among tribal families at Attappadi, the prevalence of alcoholism among pregnant wom

13 tribal children have died in Attappady of Palakkad district this year

Kerala’s claims to world fame for its high human development indices appear to be tottering with children in the tribal heartland of Attappady in Palakkad district dying of malnutrition. In the last 15 months, as many as 29 children died of malnutrition, 13 of them this year. Two more deaths were reported from the area over the past two days. The number might be higher, for not all deaths from the Kurumba tribal hamlets in the remote forest areas of Anavai, Edavani, etc., are getting reported.

Two babies die on Tuesday; number of deaths touches 27
Three more tribal children died from malnutrition in the Attappady hills, taking the number of such deaths to 27 in the past 15 months.

The baby of Meenakshi and Nagan of Edavani, a Kurumba tribal hamlet in the Pudur grama panchayat limits, died soon after birth in the Tribal Specialty Hospital at Kottathara on Tuesday evening. It was a premature birth at seven months of pregnancy. The child was underweight and malnourished, doctors in the hospital said.

Death of 4 children is coming to light now

One more infant has died of alleged malnutrition in Attappady here, taking the toll of such deaths to five in the past two months.
Six-month-old Kaliyamma, daughter of Shelvan and Veeramma of Kadampara tribal hamlet in Sholayur grama panchayat of Attappady, who was admitted to the Kottathara Tribal Speciality Hospital on March 22, died on Friday night. Meanwhile, an ongoing survey by the Health Department to identify cases of anaemia and malnutrition among tribal people, found that 245 persons from 2,310 houses (6,515 persons) surveyed were affected by anaemia or malnutrition.

Kerala has come out against the idea of creating an “overarching national legal framework of general principles on water sector,” which is an item on the agenda of the 14th National Conference of Water Resources and Irrigation Ministers in progress in New Delhi.

Addressing the conference of the Ministers in the national capital, Kerala Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph said no such change in the laws governing the water sector was essential since the Constitution and existing legal provisions were sufficient to address issues related to the water sector.

More parties and organisations extend support

With more than 31 organisations coming together, the stage seems to be set for a human chain agitation at Gandhipuram in Coimbatore on Monday to protest Kerala’s decision to construct a dam of 450m length at Chittur – Venkadal in Attappady across River Siruvani, a source of water for the Bhavani. Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) general secretary Vaiko, on Sunday, had already launched a campaign sensitising the people on the effects that Kerala’s proposed dam and power house project at Pambaru would cause to the Amaravathy basin.