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Kerala: 9 Dead in Landslide in Malappuram, 63 Feared Trapped

Kerala: 9 Dead in Landslide in Malappuram, 63 Feared Trapped: At least nine bodies have been recovered so far in the landslide that occurred at Kavalappara, Nilambur in Malappuram district on August 8, 2019. However, the rescue operation is underway and 63 people are still feared to be trapped, which includes 20 children.

Till now, the death toll in Kerala has reached 57 with over 1.5 lakh people shifted to around 1,300 camps across the rain-battered state of Kerala.

Kerala: 9 Dead in Landslide in Malappuram, 63 Feared Trapped

According to the officials, the maximum deaths of 19 were reported from Malappuram alone, while Wayanad, Palakkad, Idukki, Kozhikode were other worst-hit districts in the state.

According to the official reports, the death toll stands at 19 in Malappuram, 14 in Kozhikode and 10. in Wayanad. Five people died in Kannur, four in Idukki, three in Thrissur and two in Alappuzha.

A red warning has already been issued for Kannur, Kasargod and Wayanad districts for Sunday.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team along with Indian Air Force (IAF) and Navy are working constantly to rescue the people from flood-affected areas.

Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 80 landslides which are the cause of the maximum destruction, have been reported from eight worst affected districts of the state including Meppadi in Wayanad and Kavalappara in Malappuram districts.

He further added, “Authorities are still not able to ascertain the actual number of missing in these two areas. According to unconfirmed reports, 41 are missing from Kavalapara.”

Vijayan also said, “The biggest problem is that we are not able to conduct aerial operations due to inclement weather conditions in the worst affected places. It has been informed to us that as soon as the weather clears ups, the aerial operations will be carried out in those areas.”

Meanwhile, the waters began to recede in Malappuram and Wayanad on Saturday. Although the shutters of the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad were opened on Saturday less water was released and as the water in the catchment area of the dam had receded, the situation was not worsened by the opening of the dam’s gates.