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Rain sweeps away an entire village in Kerala, six bodies found so far

"Puthumala village is no more," said a villager, who survived the landslide. Hundreds of labourers were working at the 100-acre tea estate there. 

Published: 09th August 2019 04:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th August 2019 06:38 PM   |  A+A-

Puthumala village, Wayanad

Image of landslide at Puthumala village near Meppadi in Wayanad. ( Videograb )

By Express News Service

WAYANAD: Nearly 100 acres of tea estate land, along with a temple, mosque, post office and the plantation company's canteen, were washed away on Thursday evening in Puthumala, 11 km from the scenic hill town of Meppadi in Wayanad, which is the epicentre of the rain fury in Kerala.

"Puthumala village is no more," said a villager, who survived the landslide. While six bodies were recovered from the debris on Friday, villagers fear another 15-20 people may be buried underneath.

The 100-acre tea estate is owned by Harrisons Malayalam and hundreds of labourers were working there. Officials said search operations led by an 80-member rescue force, including an Army team which arrived from Kannur, have been on from early on Friday morning. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel have also reached Puthumala for the rescue operations.

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The bodies of two men, two women and two children were recovered from the spot. One of the women has been identified as Hajara, the wife of Noushad.

Also Read: River waters flowing at dangerous levels, warns Kerala CM Vijayan

KERALA RAIN UPDATES

  • Helpline numbers issued

  • Kochi airport operations suspended till Sunday

  • Red alert issued in 9 districts

  • Holiday declared for schools

  • 12 trains cancelled

  • Landslides, mud-slips reported from 24 places including Vilangad, Wayanad

  • Kakkayam dam shutters to be raised further

  • Periyar on the verge of overflowing; Aluva on high alert

Cancelled trains include

  • Ernakulam-Alappuzha Passenger (56379)

  • Alappuzha-Ernakulam Passenger (56302) 

  • Ernakulam-Kayamkulam Passenger (56381) 

  • Kayamkulam-Ernakulam Passenger (56382) 

  • Ernakulam-Kayamkulam Passenger (56387) 

  • Kollam-Ernakulam Memu (via Kottayam) (66301) 

  • Kollam-Ernakulam Memu (via Alappuzha) 

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  • Lallan

    Pappu is curse for wherever he goes whether Congress or Wayanad.
    1 year ago reply
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