The death toll in the Rajamala landslide in Idukki rose to 48 on Monday after five more bodies were recovered, the Kerala government said. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) resumed rescue operations in Idukki’s Rajamala on Monday. Heavy rains in several parts of Kerala triggered floods and landslides which have wreaked havoc in the region over the past few days.
Two NDRF teams, a full unit of Idukki fire and rescue team, a team each from Kottayam, Thiruvananthapuram, and a team which received special training are leading the rescue operations in Idukki’s Rajamala, the District Information Office had said on Sunday.
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The office also added that 105 members of Kerala Armed Police, 21 members of local police, and 10 members of Rapid Action Force were also present on the spot of the landslide.
On Friday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had announced an ex-gratia of ₹5 lakhs to kin of the deceased. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also expressed his condolences over deaths due to landslide and announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakhs each from Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to the kin of deceased.