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Kerala Landslide Horrible Scenes- Atleast 15 Dead, Sixteen Rescued , Searching for 66 People

Kerala Landslide- Atleast 15 Dead, Sixteen Rescued , Searching for 66 People Trapped under the Mud

At least 15 people have been killed after heavy rain caused a landslide in Kerala's Idukki district early Friday morning. Sixteen others have been rescued so far and are undergoing treatment at Munnar's Tata General Hospital. The searches are progressing for 66 people, were trapped under the soil. 

Officials say the landslide happened in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25 km from the tourist town of Munnar. Between 70 and 80 people lived in the area, officials said, adding that they do not know, at this point, how many more are trapped under the mud. 

Kerala Landslide- Atleast 15 Dead, Sixteen Rescued , Searching for 66 People Trapped under the Mud

Taluk officials said a connecting bridge was swept away yesterday, making access to the area difficult. Rescue teams have also been slowed by tough terrain.

A 50-member strong special task force of the state fire service - who have been equipped for night-time work - among those sent, Chief Minister Pinaryai Vijayan said. The Chief Minister's Office has also sought assistance from IAF helicopters to aid in rescue and relief efforts.

Kerala Landslide- Atleast 15 Dead, Sixteen Rescued , Searching for 66 People Trapped under the Mud

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that a second team, based in Thrissur, was also en route and police, fire service personnel and forest and revenue officials had been instructed to join rescue efforts.

On Thursday heavy rains caused a temporary bridge in the district to collapse, state authorities said. The entire district was on red alert for likely extremely heavy rainfall today.

Kerala Landslide- Atleast 15 Dead, Sixteen Rescued , Searching for 66 People Trapped under the Mud

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