Red alert for 3 Kerala districts till August 11 as 5 killed after landslide in Idduki

Red alert for 3 Kerala districts till August 11 as 5 killed after landslide in Idduki

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       07/08/2020

Rescuers retrieved at least five bodies and rushed to free more tea estate workers feared trapped under debris in a residential area in Rajamala area near Munnar, officials said.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for extremely heavy rainfall in Idukki, Malappuram and Wayanad in Kerala till August 11, even as at least five people were killed on Friday after a landslide in one of the districts.

Officials said the torrential rains triggered a massive landslide in the state’s Idukki district on Friday, trapping more than 80 people in a mound of slush and debris.

Rescuers retrieved at least five bodies and rushed to free more tea estate workers feared trapped under debris in a residential area in Rajamala area near Munnar, officials said. They added that at least 10 people have been rescued so far.

The area has been witnessing torrential rains since the last three days and has been totally cut off, local officials have said.

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