Three bodies have been recovered from Bhootham in Malappuram’s Kavalappara and eight bodies have been recovered from Meppadi in Wayanad’s Puthumala – the two locations which saw massive landslides over the past few days.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday morning, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the total number of people who are missing is not known yet.
“Rescue operations have resumed on Saturday morning both in Kavalappara and in Meppadi. A 300-member fire force team has been engaged in rescue and search operations in Kavalappara and is removing the soil. Meanwhile, a 30-member fire force team is carrying out the operations in Meppadi. The entire area in Meppadi is underneath soil and rocks,” the CM said.
However, in a big relief, the 300 people who had been stranded on the other side of Puthumala, have been shifted to safer places. “Some more people are still there, who will be shifted soon,” he said.
The Chief Minister told the media that people have been caught off guard as the number of landslides caused by the floods this year is higher. 80 landslides have occurred in eight districts across two days (Thursday and Friday). The major landslides took place at Bhoothanam colony in Kavalappara in Malappuram district and at Meppadi in Puthumala in Wayanad district.
5.6 lakh electricity connections have been damaged across the state, mostly in the northern parts of the state, and action is being taken to repair damaged mobile towers. Six major roads of the Public Works Department have been damaged and blocked. The Railways has said that rail connectivity will be restored soon. Ample medicine has been kept in stock in relief camps, the CM added.
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