New Delhi: In a massive landslide that occurred in Rajamala of Kerala’s Idukki district, at least five people died and around 80 tea estate workers feared trapped after torrential rain in the region.
According to reports, the landslide occurred in a popular tourist spot in Idukki district. Superintendent of Police of Idukki while speaking to the media on the incident said that the landslide occurred at a place where many tea plantation workers live.
Here is a video of the incident shared by the national news agency ANI on their official Twitter handle:
“Around 82 people were living there in four labour camps. We are not sure many people were present there at the time of the landslide. NDRF hasn’t reached the spot yet. Airlifting of marooned people is not possible right now due to bad weather,” Kerala revenue minister E Chandrasekharan told ANI.
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed at the site to rescue the victims stuck in the landslide.
“Police, fire, forest and revenue officials were also instructed to intensify rescue operations,” Kerala CM Pinarati Vijayan told the media.
According to reports, the chief minister’s office has also got in touch with Indian Air Force to provide helicopters for the ongoing rescue operations.
Heavy rains in Kerala have triggered floods and landslides in many parts of the state. The Indian Meteorological Department had also issued a red alert on August 5 for very heavy rainfall.