So far 7 people have died in the landslide caused by heavy rains for the last four days at Rajamalai in Idukki district of Kerala. State Energy Minister MM Mani said that so far 7 bodies have been recovered from the accident site. Relief rescue work is going on continuously in Rajamalai. The Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad. The Meteorological Department says that there is a possibility of heavy rain in these areas till August 11.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that the NDRF team has been sent for a rescue operation. Also, police, fire force and forest officers have also been asked to join the rescue.
A team of 50 members of the Special Task Force has also left for Rajamalai. The CM office has also sought the help of Airforce helicopters to help in the rescue.
Authorities are feared to have buried at least 80 people. The minister said, “The landslide took place at a place where the tea garden workers live. This place exists on top of a hill. All emergency services have been put there.”
Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the mobile medical team and 15 ambulances were also sent to Idukki. Hospitals have also been alerted.
Kerala had earlier experienced severe floods in 2018, in which more than 400 people