The heavy downpour had led to a red alert issued by the IMD for 7th and 8th august in hilly areas of Kerala- Idukki and Malappuram. The landslide caused by these heavy rains has killed about 15 people while 12 individuals were rescued and carried to hospitals.
The rescue mission which is still underway consists of a 50 member task force among the emergency services arranged by Chief Minister Pinaryai Vijayan. The Chief Minister has further requested the Indian air force for assistance.
Owing to the torrent in the district, a connecting bridge was swept away yesterday, making access to the area difficult.
Health Minister KK Shailaja informed that a mobile medical team and 15 ambulances had been sent to Idukki, while other hospitals have also been directed to be ready to treat survivors.
Prime minister Modi condoled the loss of lives and further promised an “ex-gratia” of 2 lakhs to the families of the deceased.
“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,” tweeted the Prime minister.
“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,” he added.
Officials still don’t know the exact number of people trapped under landslide whereas, Chief Minister Vijayan has warned people of more rain and increased landslides which are likely to follow in the coming day.