Rescue operation resumes in Kerala landslide; 49 yet to be found, say authorities

Rescue operation to find the 49 missing people in the landslide that occurred Kerala’s Rajamala resumed on Saturday morning. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is leading the mission. However, heavy rain in the region has become a major concern, reports indicate.

Due to fog, the search operation was stopped on Friday midnight due to hostile weather. As heavy rain pounded the region at night, it is feared that the slippery mud would affect the rescue mission.

A total of 18 deaths were confirmed in the mishap. The 11 people who were rescued are under treatment in various hospitals. The condition of ten among them is stable. One of them who is admitted in Kolenchery medical college is in critical condition.

As the rescue operations are underway, there are concerns that more people are likely to have been trapped under the debris and washed away in the flash floods. In various parts of the state, Kerala is experiencing heavy rain that may lead to flood similar to that of previous years.

Meanwhile, electricity minister MM Mani has said that the government has taken necessary steps to minimise the impact of heavy rain by opening a few dams.