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Kerala: 15 Dead ,15 Rescued In Landslide After Heavy Rain: Officials| Updates
Initial reports from local revenue officials, at around 11.30 AM, suggest that five people have died.
Kerala: 15 Dead,15 Rescued In Landslide After Heavy Rain: Officials| Updates
New Delhi: In Kerala' Idukki district early this morning at least 15 people have been killed after heavy rain caused a landslide, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday evening.
Whereas fifteen others have been rescued so far and are undergoing treatment at the Tata General Hospital in Munnar. The cost of the treatment will be done by the state said the Chief Minister, announcing 5 lakh as compensation for the families of those killed.
PM Modi also tweeted on Friday afternoon to say he was "pained by the loss of lives" and to announce compensation, from Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, of ₹ 2 lakh each to family members of those who had died and ₹ 50,000 to those who were injured.
"Ex-gratia of ₹ 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. ₹ 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the landslide," he said.
Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured due to the landslide.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 7, 2020
"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. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and the administration are working on the ground, providing assistance to the affected," Prime Minister Modi tweeted in response to the tragedy.
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. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and the administration are working on the ground, providing assistance to the affected.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2020
The official said that the landslide happened in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25km from the tourist town of Munnar.
The Taluk official said a connecting bridge was swept away yesterday, making access to the area difficult. The rescue teams have also been slowed by tough terrain. A 50 member strong special task force of the state fire service who have been equipped for night time work
Meanwhile, the forest official and other emergency services personnel have reached the spot. The Chief Minister's office has sought assistance from IAF helicopters for help with rescue efforts
Around 70 and 80 people have lived in the area, said the official adding they did not know at this point how many were trapped.
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 Chief Minister said.
A 50 member strong special task force team of the Fire Force has been dispatched to Rajamalai in Idukki for rescue efforts. They have been equipped for nighttime rescue activities. #KeralaRains pic.twitter.com/olo1eraMNV— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) August 7, 2020
On Thursday heavy rain caused a temporary bridge in Idukki district to collapse, said the state authorities.
The district has also saw floods in the low-lying areas like Munnar, which is a popular tourist destination near the Rajmala, because of the rising water levels of the Muthirapuzha River.
In Idukki district night travel has been banned, the state disaster management authority was quoted by news agency PTI, adding that the many roads and highways had been closed due ti rains.
"A total of 410 people are in the seven camps with adherence to COVID-19 protocol," a district disaster management authority official told news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, the Wayanad district administration has opened 12 camps and shifted at least 560 people "People from containment zones are kept separately," District Collector Dr. Adeela Abdulla said.
(With input from agencies)