Kerala: 9 dead in landslide near Munnar

New Delhi (NVI): At least nine persons were killed and several feared trapped after a major landslide in Munnar today, as heavy rains continues to hit Kerala.

The tragic incident took place at a tea plantation in Rajamalai area near Munnar, where around 80 people reside and several are feared trapped under the debris.

In addition to this, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said, an National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been deployed to rescue the landslide victims in Rajamalai area.

“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,” Vijayan tweeted.

Heavy rainfall and landslides also disrupted many lives in Wayanad district’s Kurichiyarmala area, where two houses have been damaged so far.

Wayanad district’s Panamaram area has also reported floods after continuous rainfall over the last three days.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief at the loss of lives due to landslide and said, “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,”he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Indian Metrological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert in Malappuram district, as heavy rains continue to lash Kerala and also predicted very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in Idukki district for tomorrow.