Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed grief at the loss of lives thanks to a landslide in Rajamalai area of Idukki district in Kerala on Friday. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, he said that the NDRF and therefore the administration are performing on the bottom to supply assistance to the affected.
“Pained by the loss of lives thanks to a landslide in Rajamalai, Idukki. during this hour of grief, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. NDRF and therefore the administration are performing on the bottom , providing assistance to the affected, tweeted PM Modi.
At least five people were killed while dozens were feared trapped after a landslide triggered by torrential rains occurred during a residential district in Rajamala. Around 80 tea estate workers are feared trapped within the area, said sources.
As per reports, the landslide happened at Rajamala near Munnar, a well-liked tourist spot within the Idukki district. Superintendent of Police, Idukki said that the landslide occurred at an area where tea plantation workers reside and as many as three families are stranded there.
“Around 82 people were living there in four labour camps. We aren’t sure many of us were present there at the time of the landslide. NDRF hasn’t reached the spot yet. Airlifting of marooned people isn’t possible immediately thanks to inclemency ,” Kerala Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan told ANI.
Meanwhile, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said that the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed to rescue the landslide victims in Rajamala. “Police, fire, forest and revenue officials were also instructed to accentuate rescue operations,” the CM said.
As per ANI, the Chief Minister’s Office has contacted the Indian Air Force to supply helicopter services to Rajamala for rescue operations. it’s expected to be available soon.
Heavy rains in several parts of Kerala have triggered floods and landslides which have wreaked havoc within the region over the past few days. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had on August 5 issued a alert in Idukki, Wayanad and Kozhikode districts.