Kerala landslide death toll mounts to 43; bodies of 17 including 6-month-old infant recovered on Sunday

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As many as 23 persons are still feared to have been trapped under the debris and rescue operations are underway to find them

The death toll in the landslide at Rajamala near Munnar in Idukki district of Kerala rose to 43 on Sunday.

As many as 23 persons are still feared to have been trapped under the debris.

The rescue teams recovered bodies of 17 more people including a 7-year-old girl and six-month-old infant from under the debris during the search operations.

The bodies of eight persons were recovered from a nearby stream.

Intermittent rains, mud at the spot and thick fog kept on interrupting the rescue operation. The teams had to stop the operations due to adverse weather conditions.

Meanwhile, the specially trained dog squad of the district police has also been pressed into service on Sunday to expedite the search operation.

Meanwhile, Union minister V Muraleedharan, Kerala Forest Minister K Raju and Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala visited the site on Sunday and met the kin of the deceased and injured in the mishap.

Raju said that the rescue operations would continue till the last person was found.

Muraleedharan asked why Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was yet to visit the spot and meet the affected people. Questioning Vijayan’s visit to plane crash site in Kozhikkode, he said that the value of the life of every human being was same.

Chennithala demanded the government to increase the Rajamala landslide victims’ compensation to Rs 10 lakh like the way he announced Rs 10 lakh compensation to the flight crash victims in Kozhikkode.

Image credit: Malayala Manorama

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