13 dead in Kerala landslide after heavy rain
Published: 05:32 PM, 7 August 2020
Heavy rain caused landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district in India on Friday; Photo: Collected
At least 13 people have been killed after heavy rain caused a landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district in India on Friday. 12 others have been rescued so far and are undergoing treatment at a private hospital.
The landslide occurred in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is located around 25 km from the tourist town of Munnar, about 70 to 80 people lived in the area, said the officials, adding that they do not know, at this point, how many more are trapped under the mud.
Taluk officials said a connecting bridge was swept away on Thursday, making access to the area difficult. Rescue teams have also been slowed by tough terrain.
Kerala’s chief minister Pinaryai Vijayan said a 50-member strong special task force of the state fire service was sent for rescue.
He also sought assistance from IAF helicopters to aid in rescue and relief efforts.
Idukki district saw floods in low-lying areas like Munnar, which is a popular tourist destination near Rajamalai, because of rising water levels of a nearby river. Heavy rain also lashed Ernakulam district, with a Shiva temple in Aluva flooded after significantly increased water levels in the Periyar River.