At Least 15 people have been reported dead after heavy rains caused a landslide in the Idukki district of Kerala in the early hours of Friday 6th August, as confirmed by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The Chief Minister of the state also announced a compensation of Rs.5 lakhs for those killed and promised to bore the cost of treatment for the survivors. 15 more people were rescued and are undergoing treatment at the Tata General Hospital, Munnar.
According to officials, the landslide occurred in the Rajmalai area of district Idukku which is at a distance of 25km from the famous town of Munnar. There are around 80 inhabitants in the area and the officials are unsure if more people are trapped under the debris. A connecting bridge was swept away yesterday due to which access to the region is restricted.
A 50 member special task force of state fire service equipped with night-time work was amongst the emergency personnel sent by the state, said CM Pinarayi. In addition to this NDRF ( National Disaster Response Force) also reached the landslide site.
PM Modi said his thoughts were with the families of those who had suffered, “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, assisting the affected,” PM tweeted.
He also announced that an Ex-gratia of 2 lakh would be given to the family of the deceased and 50000 to the ones who have been injured.