The landslide, according to the officials, happened in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25 km from the tourist town of Munnar.
Thiruvananthapuram| A landslide was caused in Kerala’s Idukki district early Friday morning after heavy rain. The landslide, according to the officials, happened in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25 km from the tourist town of Munnar.
Officials have also said that between 70 and 80 people lived in the area and they do not know, at this point, how many are trapped under the mud. A connecting bridge was swept away yesterday, making access to the area difficult, the Taluk officials said. Due to the rough terrain, the rescue teams have also been slowed down.
Local revenue officials’ initial report at around 11.30 AM suggests that five people have died. 10 others have been rescued so far.
Forest officials and other emergency services officials have reached the spot.
The CMO has sought assistance from IAF helicopters for help with rescue efforts.
An NDRF team had been deployed, with a second team – based in nearby Thrissur – also on its way, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted.
“An NDRF team has been deployed to rescue landslide victims in Rajamalai, Idukki. Police, Fire Force, Forest & Revenue officials have been instructed to join rescue efforts. Another team of NDRF, based in Thrissur, will soon reach Idukki,” the Kerala CM said.
A mobile medical team and 15 ambulances have been sent to Idukki, with more ready to be sent if needed, health minister KK Shailaja said. She also directed more hospitals to be ready to treat survivors.