Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) started search and rescue operations on Saturday morning.
The death toll in landslides in Idukki district of Kerala has risen to 26. This information was given by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday after the rescue operation of NDRF. Earlier, around 20 bodies were recovered from the debris, while efforts were on to track the missing people despite the incessant rains. The landslide hit 20 houses of workers working in the tea garden.
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) started search and rescue operations on Saturday morning. Idukki District Magistrate H Dinesh told PTI, “On Friday night, we found two bodies. Today we recovered two more bodies. In addition, 20 bodies have been recovered so far. “
According to records available with the district administration, 46 people were still missing. He said 12 people were rescued and undergoing treatment on Friday.
Devikulam Deputy Collector Prem Krishnan told the media, “Apart from the police and fire officers, two NDRF teams are carrying out search operations. They are working despite inclement weather. Communication services and power supply in the area have been affected due to inclement weather. “
Meanwhile, on Saturday, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in the four districts of the state – disaster-affected Idukki, Wayanad, Thrissur and Palakkad districts. According to the State Disaster Management Authority, Kerala received an average of 95 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. (With language inputs)