Heavy rain triggers landslide in Kerala’s Idukki; 14 lifeless, over 50 feared trapped


Idukki (Kerala), August 7

At least 14 individuals had been killed and over 50 others had been feared trapped in particles after a landslide triggered by heavy rain flattened a row of dwelling models of tea property staff at Pettimudi on this high-range district in Kerala early on Friday, the police and officers stated.

The incident is alleged to have occurred within the wee hours when an enormous mound of earth fell on the “row houses” and two kids and 5 girls had been among the many deceased, most of whom had been plantation staff from neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

Twelve individuals have been rescued and efforts had been beneath approach amid persevering with rain to find no less than 52 others lacking within the first main rain-related mishap because the onset of South West monsoon final month that introduced again recollections of havoc brought on by floods within the earlier two years within the state.

The state authorities stated groups of National Disaster Response Force personnel have been deployed for the rescue operations and in addition sought an Indian Air Force helicopter.

The demise toll in rain-related incidents since June 1 this yr has risen to 51. One individual died in a home collapse in Palakkad on Friday, officers stated.

Cooking utensils buried in mud, asbestos and tin sheets strewn round had been all there to be seen on the space, which was the habitation of round 80 odd staff on the picturesque space close to a tea plantation, about 30 km from the vacationer city of Munnar. Big boulders are additionally scattered across the website.

Idukki DistrictCollector H Dinesh stated that the our bodies of the victims had been retrieved and 12 have been rescued with accidents and shifted to hospital.

“Most of the people are plantation workers and from neighbouring Tamil Nadu”, he stated.

Red alert for Idukki

Meanwhile, the India Meteorological Department has sounded a pink alert for Idukki on Friday, indicating extraordinarily heavy rains of over 20 cm.

The tragedy got here to mild after a forest watchmaninformed authoritiesabout the landslide. The communication strains have been down within the space because the previous three days.

The injured have been rushed to Tata General Hospital.

Police and Fire drive personnel and localpeople first took up the rescue operations amid the rains whereas the NDRF groups had been deployed quickly.

Munnar MLA S Rajendran instructed the mediaearlier within the day that it was tough to succeed in the spot as a bridge which supplied entry to the realm was washed away within the rain.

“At least 200-300 people live there. There are many lanes and a canteen at the location. Since one of the bridges to that area was destroyed last night, it has become difficult to access the region,” he stated.

The state well being division has dispatched 15 ambulances and a particular medical workforce to offer medical help to the victims of the landslide.

The workplace of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated it has contacted the Indian Air Force looking for its helicopter for the rescue mission.

“The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed for the rescue operations in Idukki. The team was already stationed at the district. Another NDRF team is also being moved to Idukki,” Vijayan stated in a Facebook submit.

Defence sources stated a helicopter was prepared on the Southern Air Command in Thiruvananthapuram, however was ready for the climate to clear.

Besides in Idduki, the IMD additionally forecast excessive heavy rains in Wayanad and Kottayam districts within the subsequent two days, elevating fears of extra landslides within the Western Ghats area.

The persevering with torrential rains additionally prompted flooding in rivers originating from the Western Ghats, a report from Kochi stated.

Authorities in Ernakulam, Thrissur, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts have sounded alerts with extra water being launched from dams constructed throughout the rivers in these districts.

The rainsin hilly areas have prompted a sudden rise within the water degree in rivers Periyar and Muvattupuzha flowing by way of Ernakulam district, which was among the many badly hit throughout the 2018 deluge that claimed over 400 lives and left lakhs of individuals homeless within the state.

Taking precautionary measures to cope with flood scenario, the Ernakulam district administration has opened camps in Aluva and Muvattupuzha.

Several households have been shifted to camps after flood waters entered residential areas in Muvattupuzha, Kothamangalam, Kochi and Parvur taluks of Ernakulam district.

In view of incidents of landslides, Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas issued an order banning all mining actions within the district.

Rise in water ranges within the rivers flowing by way of Thrissur, Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts have additionally been reported attributable to persevering with rains.

PM expresses anguish over lives misplaced in landslide             

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed anguish over lives misplaced within the landslide.

The Prime Minister’s Office stated in a tweet that an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh every from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) could be given to the subsequent of kin of these killed within the landslide.

Rs 50,000 every could be given to these injured.

“Pained by the loss of lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. In this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families,” the prime minister tweeted.

Praying for the early restoration of the injured, Modi stated NDRF and the administration are engaged on the bottom, offering help to the affected. PTI



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