Kerala: Idukki landslide toll at 18; red alert sounded for four districts

Kerala: Idukki landslide toll at 18; red alert sounded for four districts

KOCHI: The death toll in the landslide at Pettimudi, Rajamala in Kerala’s Idukki district mounted to 18 with the recovery of three more bodies on Friday evening.

The bodies have not been identified as the rescue operations had to be stopped for the night due to heavy rainfall in the region.

Kerala: Rescue operations at #Rajamala halted due to inclement weather.#RajamalaLandSlide #KeralaRains…

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The search operations will continue tomorrow, officials said.

#KeralaRains | Landslide site at #Mundakkai in #Wayanad #KeralaLandslide Live:

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However, officials indicated that the chance of recovering any more lives appears bleak. Meanwhile, The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has sounded a red alert for Idukki along with Thrissur, Palakkad and Wayanad on Saturday. The IMD has warned of widespread rainfall for the next two days.

Rescue worker clear debris from the landslide site at Rajamala near Munnar #KeralaRains #Munnar

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Earlier in the day, 12 lives were saved. Among the missing are 23 people from a single-family.

Rescue operation under way at Pettimudi landslide site in Rajamala near Munnar #KeralaRains #Munnar

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Officials said that a total of 83 people were staying there. The rescued persons were shifted to Munnar Tata Tea general hospital and Kolenchery medical college.

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According to the district administration, 30 houses in four tea estate layams (cluster of workers’ quarters) went under after a landslide hit Pettimudy in Rajamala near Munnar in Idukki. The first rescue team reached the landslide devastated Pettimudy division in Rajamala near Munnar around Friday noon.

According to Eravikulam national park range officer Job J Neriamparampil, “The news of the tragedy had reached when some people walked nearest available contact point at Eravikulam National Park check post and informed about the landslide. After receiving information about the incident around 7.30am, we immediately rushed the spot in two jeeps. When we reached the spot, the area was found in a ground which was filled with mud and rocks. We rescued four people from a family and shared the information with other departments,” Neriamparampil told TOI.

Among the dead are six forest department staff who stayed in the layams (shelters). The body of Eravikulam National Park driver Mayilswami was recovered.

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