Kerala landslide toll touches 22, Centre offers assistance
Millennium Post Delhi|October 18, 2021
PM SPEAKS WITH CM VIJAYAN TO DISCUSS SITUATION

KOTTAYAM/IDUKKI: The death toll in incidents related to heavy rains, including landslides and flash floods in Kerala rose to 22 on Sunday while Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered assistance to the southern state to tackle the situation.

Twenty two bodies, 13 from Kottayam district and 9 from Idukki were recovered from various rain-hit areas while NDRF teams continued their rescue operations. The casualties occurred on Saturday due to landslides and flash floods in the hilly areas of Kottayam and Idukki districts following heavy rains, officials said.

In the high range Idukki district, where a travel ban is in place due to inclement weather, District Collector Sheeba George said two persons are still missing.

“Till now, we have recovered nine bodies. Two people are missing,” she said.

PM Modi called Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising out of the rains.

“Spoke to Kerala CM Shri @ vijayanpinarayi and discussed the situation in the wake of heavy rains and landslides in Kerala. Authorities are working on the ground to assist the injured and affected,” Modi tweeted.

“I pray for everyone’s safety and well-being,” he said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the Centre will provide all possible assistance to the people of Kerala, who have been affected by heavy rains and resulting floods.

He tweeted that the government was “continuously monitoring the situation in parts of Kerala in the wake of heavy rainfall and flooding.” State Revenue Minister K Rajan said an assistance of Rs 4 lakh will be given to the relatives of those who have lost their lives.

Officials said the bodies of three children buried under the slush were recovered in Idukki’s Kokkayar after intense rescue efforts.

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