Over 11400 people shifted to relief camps in Kerala, 26 bodies recovered at Rajamala landslide site

With rains intensifying in several parts of Kerala, over 11400 people belonging to 3530 families have been shifted to various flood relief camps as a precautionary measure, even as 26 bodies have been retrieved so far from the debris at the landslide spot at Rajamala near Munnar in Kerala’s Idukki district.

The maximum number of people shifted till late Saturday were in the hilly district of Wayanad, where nearly 3800 persons are accommodated in 69 relief camps.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said water level in the Mullaperiyar dam is fast rising as it’s catchment areas are receiving copious rains. The state government has requested Tamil Nadu to release the water into Vaigai river, once the water level in the resevoir touched 136 feet.

The Chief Minister urged the public to remain vigilant in view of the the Met department issuing red and orange alerts in several districts valid for the next couple of days.

Meanwhile at Rajamala in Kerala’s Idukki district, besides the 15 bodies recovered on Friday, 11 more bodies were retrieved on Saturday. Of these, three are yet to be identified.

He said, besides two teams of the NDRF, police and fire service personnel are also engaged in the operations.