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5 dead, 10 rescued in landslide in Kerala’s Idukki

Five people were killed and 10 injured according to Kerala Police

Communication links to the area have been affected as the power lines have snapped in the rains

Torrential rains pounded Pettimudi in Rajamala in the high range Idukki district, triggering a landslide early Friday morning.

At least five people were killed and 10 injured according to Kerala Police when a mound of earth caved in on a row of houses of tea estate workers at Pettimudi.

Heavy rainfall in the parts of Kerala has added to the challenges of the southern states already reeling under a deteriorating natural disaster situation. On Friday morning, a landslide occurred in Idukki district’s Rajamala area of Kerela. However, police and fire departments have rushed to the spot.

“National Disaster Response Force has been deployed to rescue the landslide victims in Idukki’s Rajamala. Police, fire, forest and revenue officials also instructed to intensify rescue operation,” news agency ANI quoted Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan as saying.

The local authorities confirmed that the incident happened in the morning after which the entire region has cut-off. However, the state also sees flood-like situations in Wayanad and Malappuram region.

According to news agency ANI, India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red alert of torrential rainfall warning for Kerala till August 9. Several other parts of the state have been drenched. The water level increased in the Periyar region, a Shiva Temple in Aluva region also inundate following a downpour.

After a massive landslide, several tea estate workers are feared trapped in Kerala’s Munnar. For the last three days, several parts of the state are struggling with heavy rainfall and flood-like situation.

“A landslide occurred in Rajamala today. So far, 10 people have been rescued. The landslide occurred at a place where tea plantation workers reside. We don’t know the exact numbers yet, but at least three families are stranded there,” news agency ANI quoted Idukki SP as saying.

“Chief Minister’s Office has contacted the Indian Air Force to provide helicopter services to Rajamala for rescue operations. It is expected to be available soon,” said a statement from the Kerala CMO.Communication links to the area have been affected as the power lines have snapped in the rains.

At least 70 people were suspected to be trapped under the soil, burying as many as 20 houses of plantation workers.

Police and Fire service personnel rushed to the spot and the district administration has asked hospitals in the region to stay prepared.

The state Health department has dispatched 15 ambulances and a special medical team to provide medical assistance to those affected by the landslides in Idukki.

However, the government has prepared around 6,300 relief camps as of now. According to the reports the cyclone circulation is moving towards the south that can cause serious devastation in the states like Kerela and Karnataka. A flood-like situation due to Incessant Rainfall has also been observed in the parts of Maharashtra, IMD issued an alert.

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